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Texas Wesleyan

spring/summer 2011

a magazine for alumni and friends

Helping Our Heroes Now in Need A look into what the local law community, including Texas Wesleyan students and alumni, is doing to help our heroes in need.

Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

Texas Wesleyan

1515 Commerce Street Fort Worth, Texas 76102 817-212-4000

2011 | volume 11 | issue 1 DEAN Frederic White


ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Aric Short Associate dean for graduate & certificate programs Vickie Rainwater Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development Michael Green


Helping Our Heroes Now in Need


A Familiar Face in a Somewhat New Place


“Good Lawyer, Good Person” Excerpts from the December 2010 Commencement Address

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Around Campus


Alumni News & Notes


What Makes Penrose Tick?


Harrison ̓ 04 Already Making Waves

Associate Dean for Evening Division Programs Stephen R. Alton DIRECTOR OF THE LAW LIBRARY Michelle Rigual ASSISTANT DEAN FOR CAREER SERVICES Arturo Errisuriz ASSISTANT DEAN OF ADMISSIONS & SCHOLARSHIPS Sherolyn Hurst Director of Alumni Relations & EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Casey Dyer Oliver ’06 PRESIDENT Frederick G. Slabach


In Academia


Alumni Report


Career Services

Texas Wesleyan Lawyer is published twice a year for the benefit of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law graduates, faculty and friends. The views and opinions expressed in Texas Wesleyan Lawyer are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. The School of Law is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610, 800-285-2221, Texas Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral level degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 (Web site: www. only for questions, comments or issues related to the accreditation of Texas Wesleyan University. Texas Wesleyan University shall not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation or any other reason prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

PROVOST & Senior Vice President Dr. Allen Henderson

Editorial Staff EDITOR Dan Brothers MANAGING Editor Amy Batheja Staff Writer Cristina Noriega COPY EDITOR Janna Franzwa Canard Please direct correspondence to: Amy Batheja, managing editor Texas Wesleyan Lawyer 1515 Commerce Street Fort Worth, Texas 76102


from the dean

Dear Alumni and Friends, In January, Texas Wesleyan University welcomed a familiar face to those of us here at the law school as the 20 th president of the university. Frederick G. Slabach returns to the university after serving as CEO of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Slabach was dean of the law school from 2003 to 2006, overseeing the renovation of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library and the expansion to the second floor of 1515 Commerce Street. Patti Gearhart Turner ’94, who has been our assistant dean for student affairs and director of the Equal Justice Program, joined Slabach at the historic campus in June as his chief of staff. Turner serves as advisor, assistant and coordinator for the president, working closely with senior university administrators, the board of trustees, and the community. Patti devoted countless hours to the law school – especially to our students – for more than 10 years. We will miss her. This school year, our advocacy teams have seen great success under the direction of Jennifer Ellis ’05 and her team of dedicated coaches. Across all three advocacy disciplines (moot court, dispute resolution and mock trial), our students achieved three national championships, one international finalist, two Best Advocates, one Best Brief, advancing one team to the international finals this summer, and advancing two teams to the national finals, including our first-ever mock trial advancement. Our delight over these successes is tempered by the loss of Barrett Havran, who coached strong teams for the ABA Labor and Employment Section Trial Advocacy Competition last fall and the TYLA National Trial Competition this spring. Barrett, who passed away in March, was a national champion in mock trial as an SMU student, and came to us this academic year after having successfully coached SMU teams for several years. We also mourn the loss of Professor John Cady, who passed away on Veterans Day of last year. He served as a valued member of our faculty for nearly 20 years. (A full obituary appears on page 19 of this magazine.) Also in November of last year, a few Wesleyan law students began recruiting for a new organization, the Texas Wesleyan Veterans’ Project. The group, featured in this magazine’s cover story, is reaching out to fellow student military veterans, as well as the law school community at large to raise awareness about veterans’ issues. It is gratifying to see our students working to fulfill the hope of Abraham Lincoln, as he addressed a nation at war in 1865: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” Sincerely,

Frederic White Dean and Professor of Law 1

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For military veterans, the transition to civilian life is not always an easy one. As the U.S. enters its eighth year of fighting two wars abroad, the need to support these veterans and those of past conflicts is more apparent than ever. Several initiatives at the state and local level, including at Texas Wesleyan School of Law, are helping to aid veterans in the legal world and beyond.

Professor Joe Spurlock II, faculty advisor for the organization; 1L Melissa Henke, vice president; 3L Dave Olivas, president; 1L Peter Krayer, treasurer; and 2L Rick Sanchez, master-at-arms (parliamentarian). Not pictured: 1L Fred Grimm, secretary. — Photo by Amy Batheja

A New Student Organization Texas is home to approximately 1.7 million veterans, including some who are students, faculty and staff members here at Texas Wesleyan School of Law. On Veterans Day last fall, 3L Dave Olivas and a few other students set up a table on campus to recruit for their newly formed student organization, the Texas Wesleyan Veterans’ Project. Olivas, a cryptologic linguist, is in the Navy Reserves on active duty, working full time at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

exclusive to veterans,” Olivas, president of the Veterans’ Project, said. “You did not have to serve; you do not have to be a military member.” The group hopes to serve veterans within the law school community, as well as educate the law school community about the work and presence of veterans in their midst. Professor Joe Spurlock II, who received the U.S. Bronze Star Medal and served in the U.S. Army, is faculty advisor for the group. 1L Peter Krayer, a retired captain who

Several students stopped by, and for its first meeting in February, nearly 30 students showed up – a large crowd for a new group.

spent 29 years in the Navy and treasurer

“One of the things we decided as a group is that this organization is not

We put on our civilian clothes, and no one

of the group, said, “We want to give more people in the general community here a view of what folks look like who’ve served. knows. People get surprised.” 3

“I think it’s important to raise awareness not only in the school but also in the community,” 1L Melissa Henke said. Henke, vice president for the group, is not a veteran herself, but as the daughter of an Army Ranger, she knows the military world. The group plans to invite speakers to the law school on a monthly basis to share information for veterans, or about veterans and the military. Members may also help guide fellow veterans through the complicated GI educational benefits process, in concert with the financial aid offices at the law school and historic campus. The group also provides an opportunity for camaraderie and support among veterans, Olivas pointed out. “When you get a bunch of veterans together, we’re all just relaxed, telling war stories – some literal,” he said.

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“There is a recognizable need, and I

Some members of the group have already started doing pro bono work in the local legal community, volunteering at free legal clinics for veterans and aiding in processing expunctions from the Tarrant County Veterans Court.

served in the military,” he wrote in the

The Veterans Court began in April 2010, funded by a grant from the governor’s Criminal Justice Division and made possible by a bill co-authored by State Sens. Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, and signed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2009. The program, overseen by Judge Brent Carr, County Criminal Court #9, diverts qualifying veterans charged with nonviolent crimes into treatments for addiction, mental health issues, or service-related injuries as necessary. Texas Wesleyan law students have done some work for the cour t, helping to process expunctions of the veterans who have successfully completed the program. “We need to understand that some of our veterans come home as victims of the experiences they have had, which can contribute to behavioral issues that may land them in the criminal system,” Davis told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in July 2009. “We need to have a treatment response, given they are suffering from something as a result of serving their country.”

believe a duty, to help those who have April 2010 issue of the Texas Bar Journal. “Texas lawyers want to do our part to be faithful to the ideals of our country, our democracy, and our service men and women.” Tottenham expanded the programs begun by the Houston Bar Association 1L Deby Skawinski at the Veterans’ Legal Clinic — Photo by Amy Batheja

“Texas lawyers want to do our part to be faithful to the ideals of our country, our democr acy, and our service men and women.”

into the statewide organization Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans. The goal of TLTV is to provide legal clinics for Texas veterans throughout the state. Attorney Aleed Rivera is the outgoing president of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s chapter of TLTV and has organized monthly legal clinics in the area over the past year. “I have great respect for those who have zealously served our country and protected our freedom,” she said. “Having veterans in my family, I have

- Terry Tottenham

seen firsthand the struggles that they have to go through to obtain benefits and to reintegrate back into society.”

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Working in partnership with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and the Tarrant County past

president of the State Bar of Texas, made legal assistance for veterans a signature initiative of his presidency.

Family Law Bar Association, the TCBA chapter of TLTV hosts monthly clinics during which veterans can get free legal advice. Texas Wesleyan law students assist with client intake – interviewing

Texas Wesleyan Veter ans’ Project Mission: “We provide a forum for the law school community to serve veterans and veterans’ interests. We help veterans transition into a law school and the law school community; assist students in pursuing a career in the military; provide pro bono legal assistance to active duty service members and veterans; educate the public community on legal issues veterans face; and advocate for legislation benefiting veterans.” 4

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At left, 3L Jake Heffernan (center) and 1L Deby Skawinski (right) consult with veteran Terry Dixon (left) at the Veterans’ Legal Clinic. Below, Terry Dixon — Photos by Amy Batheja

the veterans to get basic information and find out how the attorneys can help – and in the future will be working with the attorneys who take on the pro bono cases.

February legal clinic, held at the VA hospital in southeast Fort

“The law students who participate in the program are an integral and essential part of TLTV,” Rivera said. “Wesleyan students are definitely one of the key elements in the success of this program. The time, effort and contributions that they have made are invaluable.”

Award for completing the most number of pro bono hours in her

Worth. Gilkes has always placed a premium on helping those less fortunate. As a student, Gilkes received the Equal Justice graduating class. She is on the TCBA TLTV committee, as well as the subcommittee that reviews cases. She also maintains the group’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.


“I saw volunteering with Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans as a

It’s not just Texas Wesleyan students who volunteer with the legal clinics and work with TLTV – the school’s alumni are making a difference, too. Nadia Gilkes ’08 volunteered at the

unique way to cater to families who not only need but deserve our services,” Gilkes said.

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Get involved with the efforts Tex as veter ans :

to take care of us so we can enjoy the freedom

to help

Students : Email or visit the group’s site on TWEN if you’re interested in joining.

and benefits of living in this great country. Let’s work together to make

A lumni and Community: Call 817-546-4460 or fill out the volunteer signup form online at if you’re interested in volunteering with TLTV. Find them on Facebook and Twitter (@TLTVinTarrant).

sure they are taken care of in return.” – Nadia Gilkes ’08


“Being Perry Mason”

President Slabach said he initiated listening sessions early on in his term as university president to talk to students, faculty and staff to get a better idea of what their needs are. — Photo courtesy of Texas Wesleyan University Office of Communications



NEW PLACE by Cristina Noriega


sk Texas Wesleyan University President Frederick G. Slabach why he decided to go to law school, and he’ll give you a simple answer.

“I wanted to be Perry Mason.” Perry Mason was the fictional main character in the TV series with the same name that ran from 1957 to 1966. Mason, a defense attorney, oftentimes was able to prove his clients’ innocence by getting the actual perpetrator to admit to doing the crime. “He was always able to get his client off by getting someone else – usually very late in the show – to admit on the stand that they had actually committed the crime. As a kid, I thought that was pretty cool so my goal was to become a criminal defense attorney. “That’s what initially attracted me to law school,” Slabach said. “It didn’t turn out that way in terms of what I actually did, but that’s what initially attracted me.” Slabach said that while attending law school at University of Mississippi School of Law, he was exposed to various types of law. “What I found while I was in law school – which happens with many law students – is that I was exposed to many kinds of law and found that I was interested in many new things.” After graduating from law school, Slabach served as law clerk for one year for Chief Judge William C. Keady in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. “Being law clerk for the chief judge of the northern district in the federal courts in Mississippi was a really wonderful opportunity for me. I always recommend to students, that if they have the opportunity, to do a full-time clerkship for a judge after they graduate. It’s a wonderful way to spend a year or two immediately after graduating from law school, and it’s just a fabulous experience.” After working at the private law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, in Washington, D.C., for two years, Slabach would go on to hold positions as legal counsel for U.S. Sen. John C.

Frederick Slabach became the fifth dean of Texas Wesleyan School of Law in June 2003. He became the 20 th president of Texas Wesleyan University in January 2011. — Photo from law school archives

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Stennis; deputy director and general counsel for the Stennis Center for Public Service; and assistant secretary of agriculture for congressional relations and counsel to the secretary for the department of agriculture.

“The law library was bursting at the seams before the renovation.

“I’ve had opportunities to move back and forth and work in the private practice of law and government. In 1990, I decided I wanted to make a career in higher education, and that’s specifically why I pursued the LL.M. at Columbia [University School of Law] because they have a highly regarded program that’s specifically focused on individuals who hope to pursue a career in legal education.”

The second floor of the law school also grew with the completion

Slabach served as associate dean for academic affairs at Mississippi College School of Law, interim dean and associate professor of law at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, Calif., and vice dean and professor of law at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Fla. He’s taught Constitutional Law, The Constitution, Campaign Finance & Lobbying Reform Seminar, and Professional Responsibility.

In terms of square footage, we were one of the smallest law school libraries in the country. After the expansion, we grew from around 14,000 square feet to more than 30,000,” Phillips said.

of the renovation and expansion project in October 2005. The floor was transformed into a 40,000-square-foot space that included the 248-seat Amon G. Carter Lecture Hall, the Bernie Schuchmann Conference Center, four 100-seat classrooms, one 70-seat classroom, four seminar classrooms and office space for administration. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy served as the keynote speaker during the law school building dedication ceremony in October 2005. During




Kennedy spoke to faculty, staff and students. Dee J. Kelly and then Texas Wesleyan School of Law Dean Frederick Slabach at Slabach’s farewell gathering at the law school in May 2006. — Photo from law school archives

“Specifically, to


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wanted discussion

with the students so that it accommodated the part-time evening

Imagine the Change



said. “Before becoming a justice on the U.S. Supreme


Court, he taught evening classes at McGeorge Law School in

n June 2, 2003, Slabach became the fifth dean of Texas Wesleyan School of Law. During his time as dean, Slabach oversaw a multimillion dollar capital campaign, Imagine: The Law School Campaign, to raise funds for a major renovation and expansion of the law school building.

Sacramento, Calif., so he had tremendous respect for evening students, many of whom also have full-time jobs.” After serving as Texas Wesleyan law school dean for three years, Slabach announced he had accepted a full-time position

The renovation project began in March 2004 and consisted of two phases: a renovation of the second floor, which previously had been occupied by the Internal Revenue Service, and expansion of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library. Jim Hambleton, current professor of law and then associate dean for budget and planning, worked closely with Slabach during the renovation project.

as executive secretary and chief executive officer with the Harry

“Fred was very helpful in terms of raising funds for the law school construction project. He was active in soliciting sources in our community for many of our naming opportunities like the library and classrooms,” Hambleton said.

graduate study, leadership training and fellowship.

S. Truman Scholarship Foundation in Washington, D.C. According to its website, the mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find college juniors with strong leadership skills who are committed to careers in government, nonprofit organizations or other public service and provide them with financial support for

Slabach left Texas Wesleyan School of Law in May 2006 and began his time as CEO of the Truman Scholarship Foundation the following month. As Texas Wesleyan University president,

Susan Phillips, current professor of law and then associate dean and director of the law library, said the library nearly doubled in size after the expansion.

he continues to be involved with the Truman Scholarship Foundation by serving as treasurer. 7

President Slabach visited with Texas Wesleyan University students during the spring 2011 semester. — Photo courtesy of Texas Wesleyan University Office of Communications

A Familiar Face in a (Somewhat) New Place


ive years after leaving his post as the dean of Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Slabach returned to Fort Worth to begin his term as the 20th president of Texas Wesleyan University on Jan. 1, 2011. Slabach said he had heard about the university president position opening the year before, and after speaking with his wife, decided to apply for the position. “The reason I was interested in the president position was because of my past association with the law school. I knew what kind of potential the university had, and I knew the people. I had known most of the senior staff at the university, having served as dean of the law school,” Slabach said. “For me, the question was not whether I should apply, but rather whether I was what the university was looking for.” The presidential search committee received more than 80 applications for the university president opening.

Applicants were narrowed down over the course of several months until two finalists were chosen: Slabach and Dr. Sandra Harper, president of Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, La. In November 2010, Beverly VolkmanPowell, chair of the search committee and vice chair of the board of trustees, advised Slabach that the search committee had made its recommendation to the board of trustees. After entering the role as university president, Slabach said he wanted to refine the university’s strategic plan and make it more focused on Texas Wesleyan University’s aspirations. He wanted to find out what sets the university apart from other educational institutions. To do that, he initiated a series of listening sessions with faculty, staff, students and alumni to get a sense of their goals, strengths and aspirations. One of the major items to emerge from those listening sessions is that faculty members are committed to student success and provide students with individualized attention. “Our intentionally small class size on the undergraduate level gives our faculty 8

an opportunity to teach critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills,” Slabach said. “On the graduate level, we are deepening and broadening those skills because that’s what employers are looking for.” As far as long-term goals, Slabach said he would like to work with the surrounding community in the Polytechnic Heights area to help it revitalize the neighborhood. In comparing his roles as law school dean and university president, Slabach said the range of issues that come into his office now are much broader than those he saw as dean, but in terms of the types of activities he’s engaged in, they are actually very similar. “During my time as law school dean, we were involved in a capital campaign to raise money for the renovation. I went out into the community to build relationships and tell the story of Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Now, as university president, when I go out into the community I’m telling the story of Texas Wesleyan University.”


What Makes Penrose Tick? Article and photography by Dan Brothers

On Oct. 30, 2008, Gregory Edward Wright was executed by lethal injection for the murder of Donna Vick. He was the 14th murderer executed in Texas in 2008 – the 419th since 1976. Wright had proclaimed his innocence throughout all legal proceedings. Meg Penrose was despondent following Wright’s execution. She took it very hard and didn’t sleep for several days. Penrose had known Wright for about eight years. When she got his case, Wright had been on death row for a couple of years. They lost the last appeal – and a sense of justice. Penrose felt that Wright was not guilty. 9

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In another case, the execution of Kenneth Mosley was delayed only a few months following the motion for stay of execution filed by Penrose and Anton. Five votes are needed from the Supreme Court justices to grant a stay of execution – only four are needed for a writ of certiorari.

“It takes a toll on you,” Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose, a professor of law at Texas Wesleyan, remembered. “These cases take heartbeats from you – they really do.” The last appeal most of these inmates have is their federal habeas. That’s when Penrose gets involved – when the case is finished in the state system. The final appeal can take anywhere from five to eight years.

“That was a curious case,” Penrose recalled. “When we got the five votes for a stay of execution, we were pretty convinced that the court was going to embrace our case and actually hear the merits of the case.” A few months later, the court denied the writ of certiorari.

Wright was a co-defendant in the case with John Adams. Since Wright’s execution, Adams has received a new trial and a life sentence. “That’s problematic to me,” Penrose said, “because all of the evidence in our files and our understanding, proved, in my opinion – the court didn’t agree with us – that if anyone was the primary actor, it was John Adams, not Greg Wright.” Penrose has been court-appointed in all such cases. The judges in the Northern District of Texas have asked for her assistance and, so far, she has agreed. Penrose works with the defendants for a very long time, meeting with them regularly in prison and developing a rapport with them. “We see them at their most human level – laughing, crying and talking about their family,” Penrose said. “You feel a level of responsibility to your client, even if they don’t deserve it.” “You are literally their last voice – their last gasp – before the court. When they go to lay down on that gurney – when they sit down for their last meal – you are the person on the telephone with them. You’ve worked with them longer than probably all their lawyers before, combined. The family counts on you. You have a pretty awesome responsibility to have their side of the story told. You have used everything you can in the art of persuasion to convey that to the court.”

“You are literally their last voice – their last gasp – before the court. When they go to lay down on that gurney – when they sit down for their last meal – you are the person on the telephone with them.” During the last year of Wright’s life, Penrose and Dallas attorney Bruce Anton filed a DNA motion on behalf of Wright. The difficulty in the case was that Wright had actually lived with the victim. As expected, there was physical evidence of him in the house. What Penrose and Anton wanted was some of the DNA off the items found at the crime scene. When the DNA test was done, it was inclusive; it did not exclude Wright, but it did not 100 percent include him either. The state court found that it wasn’t sufficient to cause doubt about his factual innocence. 10

“So the five votes that I had at the stay of execution,” Penrose noted, “I lost two of them when they actually sat down and studied our petition for writ of certiorari.” Part of the difficulty in that case was that the District Court judge did not entertain all the objections to the magistrate’s findings on the merits. The District Court said that the objections presented by Penrose and Anton were not specific enough. “We had roughly 58 pages of objections,” Penrose said. “We were contending that the District Court didn’t perform its task – didn’t perform its job under the Constitution. That probably resonated at first with the justices. Because when the case first came to them, I think they were not in session, so that may also have been the reason they gave pause and gave the five votes. But we didn’t receive the writ of certiorari. “So you go from this feeling of elation – good, we actually have someone to listen to the merits of the case – to again this despondency – how is that possible? How did I lose two votes between reading one and reading two? And I don’t know – we’ll never know. Because in that case, the Supreme Court never entered an order with findings of fact – they just denied the petition. And when they deny the petition, the stay evaporates.”

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The death penalty in Texas


“In order to get on a death penalty jury in Texas,” she noted, “you cannot have any opposition to the death penalty – none.

enrose supports the end of the death penalty. “I am

If you say, ‘I’m opposed to the death penalty,’ for any reason,

morally, ethically, legally, financially and constitutionally

you’re thrown off the jury pool. Just the selection process itself

opposed to the death penalty,” she said. Constitutionally,

she is troubled that individuals do not get adequate representation. “I’ve seen it in nearly every case we have,” she continued,

leads to a jury pool that is much, much more inclined to execute than not. I think that it has become a part of our culture in Texas. There is a misperception that if we execute people we will all be safer. Empirically, that’s not true.”

“where the trial attorneys, in my mind, commit some very egregious errors. And the case proceeds without all of the relevant information and evidence going forward. So you have someone convicted and sentenced to death without getting a full and fair trial. The death penalty, due to its irreversible nature, doesn’t make sense. It’s just illogical. “I think a lot of individuals who say, ‘life [in prison] is just too easy’ have no idea what prison is like. When I’m meeting with guys on death row, it’s not a happy place. It’s not a pleasant place. These depictions of individuals having TV and cable and internet access – that’s not accurate. It’s a horrible place to be in a Texas prison – absolutely horrible. I think that’s a sufficient sentence.

International criminal law, crimes and courts


n 2000 – before 9/11 and the subsequent detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay – Penrose wrote about the detention of international war criminals, the importance

of enforcing international criminal law, and the legacy of the Nuremberg trials in the American University International Law Review. She noted recently that she feels that the United States still believes in the enforcement of international law through

“It’s a horrible place to be in a Texas prison – absolutely horrible. I think that’s a sufficient sentence.”

warfare. Penrose pointed out that the U.S. will not sign on to the International Criminal Court, not even after 9/11. At the urging of other countries and because the U.S. has one of the most potent militaries, the U.S. has become the world’s police, according to Penrose.

“If we think that killing is wrong, then killing is wrong,” Penrose

Enforcement of international law against war crimes following

observed. “I don’t think as a society we’re better off because

World War II was essentially an American creation. Penrose noted

we execute people. The states that have executions and permit

that the Nuremberg trials were an American creation as well.

the death penalty are not the safest states. The death penalty does not deter crime or serve a utilitarian purpose.”

“But we didn’t try our own soldiers for war crimes,” she said. “Japan was the exact same thing. The Tokyo Tribunal was the

Another objection that Penrose has to the death penalty is the

American creation of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He helped get

United States’ peer group. “Our peer group is China, Turkey,

a number of judges on that panel, but it was all Japanese that

Iran, Iraq and North Korea,” she said. “I don’t think we want

were being tried. None of the Allies were tried for war crimes.”

to be in that group. All the more noble members of the United Nations have signed on to a treaty condemning executions. We are unwilling to do that. I appreciate that it’s a state issue – but I wish our nation as a whole would overturn the death penalty.”

A major part of the difficulty in prosecuting international crimes is that there is not an international police force or an international prison system. “Until the United States is willing to be seen as a peer in the

Texas leads the nation in executions for a number of reasons.

international arena – meaning our soldiers will be held to the

One is, of course, its large population. In addition, according to

exact same standards as Iraqi soldiers, as Libyan soldiers,

Penrose, the state also has a very conservative jury pool.

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Penrose is a published poet and is one of the Contemporary Lawyer Poets hosted by the University of West Virginia.


be part of that peer group,” Penrose said, “we’re not going to play well in the international community. “We’re going to play by a different set of rules. And we do. We’re not members of the majority of treaties. We’re out of step with the death penalty. We haven’t signed on to the gender discrimination treaties. We haven’t signed on to the convention on behalf of children. There are a lot of basic international human rights that the United States, for various reasons, refuses to get in line with the rest of the world, and stand up and say we’ll all live by this standard.”

someone, it’s us. But as a lawyer, the thing that troubles me the most is, why aren’t we doing it? That’s what I don’t understand.”

Teaching at Texas Wesleyan School of Law

“Genocide,” answered one student. “For during the Holocaust I lost nearly all of my family – simply because we were Jewish.”


“‘Tis horrible,” observed the professor. “Genocide may well be the worst crime.”

aking a class from Professor Penrose, who has taught here since 2009, is tough. She has

high standards and won’t tolerate students being late or unprepared. Wesleyan to be exceptional. “I want to improve the law profession one student at a time,” Penrose reflected. “I’m convinced that in every class, there’s going to be 5 to 10 individuals who will impact us all – in the best ways. They’ll be the judges, the legislators. They’ll take the case

She has grave reservations about the detention of prisoners at Guantanamo, but, at the same time, she recognizes the extraordinary circumstances that led to their imprisonment.

no one else wants to take.

“There’s got to be a national security risk that these individuals pose that somehow takes them outside the normal approach to punishment,” Penrose observed.

improving it 40 to 90 students at a

“I truly believe that the United States has the best judicial system in the world; if any judicial system can fairly evaluate the guilt or innocence of

by Meg Penrose

“Which is the worst crime?” asked the professor.

She wants all graduates from Texas

“I want to improve the law profession one student at a time.”

Worst Crime

“As faculty members, we’re uniquely situated





profession. If I were a judge, I would improve it case, by case, by case. But when you’re a law professor, you’re time. Hopefully, you’re able to make such an impression on the students that they go out and practice ethically. And they pursue social justice. Some of them who become legislators,


they’re going to think through the death penalty. Is it wise? Is it fiscally responsible? Is it just?”

NOTE: For additional background information on Professor Penrose please log on to her faculty profile on the law school website: 12

“No!” responded another. “War Crimes are the worst. For my wife and daughter were raped before my very eyes. And though they live, a vital part of them has been taken and destroyed. I, too, have lost my family.” “Ah… yes. War Crimes are despicable, indeed,” proclaimed the professor. “No!” offered a third student. “Disappearances are the worst. For I lost my only brother to a crime I may never discover. It is torturous to hope that one day yet I might find him.” “Oh, the horror of the disappeared,” reflected the professor. “No!” came a fourth student. “These are all terrible acts but none constitutes the worst crime.” “So which is the worst?” inquired the professor. “That is simple,” responded the student. “Government is the worst crime. For it is only the government who has the power to prosecute and punish and so often it chooses not to.”



notes of interest about campus events

First Lady of Texas Anita Perry visits Texas Wesleyan School of Law The first lady of Texas, Anita Thigpen Perry, visited with about 40 students, faculty and staff at Texas Wesleyan School of Law on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. Before her official speech, Perry spoke one-on-one with students and posed for photos.

First Lady Anita Perry, in gray, with members of the Wesleyan Law Republican Society — Photo by Cristina Noriega

Perry was then introduced by Dean Frederic White. She began her speech by noting that she comes from a family of lawyers; her grandfather and brother are lawyers, and her daughter-inlaw is a law student at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

She spoke about the work her husband, Gov. Rick Perry, who was running for re-election at the time, has done for the state, and his emphasis on creating jobs.

She spoke about leadership – the characteristics of a good leader and a leader’s responsibility to the community.

The event was hosted by the Wesleyan Law Republican Society and spearheaded by society board member 2L Carol Longoria.

To be a good leader, she said, “you have to define who you are.” And as a leader, “the people in your community should be your top priority.”

“Although the event was hosted by the Republican Society, we purposely wanted it to be nonpartisan as we thought all viewpoints could benefit from the first lady’s perspective,” Longoria said. “It is, after all, quite an honor to host the Texas first lady at our law school regardless of your political opinions.

Perry noted that although the conventional wisdom is that people are afraid of failure, she believes that people are actually afraid of success. “It’s much easier if you tend to stay in the middle of the pack, instead of moving to the front of the pack,” she said. “There’s a lot more at stake when you’re in the front.”

P.L.A.Y. presents Third Annual Chili Cook-off Law school students, faculty and staff supported Presenting Law Activities to Youth’s Third Annual Chili Cook-off to the tune of $300. The fundraiser was held on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, in the Bernie Schuchmann Conference Center. Law school faculty

“That’s the main thing right now,” she said, “Jobs, jobs, jobs.”

“It was apparent that those present were impressed with how engaging and down-to-earth she is,” Longoria said. “The first lady has a great sense of humor and was so giving of her time I doubt there was anyone there who didn’t get to meet her and take a picture with her if they wanted to do so.”


and staff members submitted their chili recipes to compete for the coveted “Golden Chili Spoon” and a gift certificate to Starbucks. At $5 per person, students, faculty and staff sampled the eight chili submissions and voted for their favorite. Professor Wayne Barnes won first place for his 1.21 Chiliwatts entry. 2L Cheremma Lee, P.L.A.Y. chief operating officer, said she was happy with the turnout for Tuesday’s event. 13

“We put on the event to encourage competition between the professors and provide students with an alternative lunch and dinner option for one day, so I am definitely happy about this year’s turnout,” Lee said. “Special thanks to all of the participants this year.” Money raised from the chili cook-off helped offset P.L.A.Y.’s expenses for the elementary mock trial competition held on Nov. 12, 2010.


For many, spring signals a time of relaxation and a longing for summer. In the admissions office, we see spring as a time to focus on ensuring that the next entering class of law students has been admitted to Texas Wesleyan School of Law and that they are as great as our current students and alumni. It is a time when our calendars are full of admitted student events as we work hard to help each student make the decision that Texas Wesleyan School of Law is the right (and best) place for them. The members of the admissions team spend each day of spring answering inquiries about application statuses, responding to questions about scholarship and financial aid, offering advice on finding housing, talking about bus and train passes, and giving lots of tours. And we are grateful that as we host a number of on-campus events for admitted students, we have faculty and current students to assist us. This spring I’m pleased to share that some of our alumni will take part in this year’s events as well. Several will participate on a “What are our alumni doing?” career panel during the Admitted Student Open House. It is our first foray into creating a vibrant and active Alumni Ambassador Recruiting Team that will work with the admissions office to educate, recruit and matriculate future students. As we build this group, we are looking forward to working with Director of Alumni Relations & External Affairs Casey Dyer Oliver ’06. In the coming weeks, we will look for individuals who will serve as a founding board. The board will work with the admissions team to develop strategies to recruit additional alumni members and to develop a standard for how best to get alumni involved in admissions outreach initiatives on a regular basis.

So, how can you get involved with the Alumni Ambassador Recruiting Team? It’s easy; just contact the Texas Wesleyan School of Law Office of Admissions at or call 817-212-4040. You can also contact the alumni office and share with them your interest in getting involved with AART, and they will pass this information along to us. And as always, if you have questions or concerns that I can assist you with, please do not hesitate to contact me. All the best,

Sherolyn Hurst, J.D. Assistant Dean of Admissions & Scholarships


Dear Alumni:

The moot court team of 2L Jim Mathew, 2L Chad McLain and 3L Jeanette Walston won the Chicago Bar National Moot Court Competition. The team was coached by Johannes Walker ’07. — Photo courtesy of Jeanette Walston 

Moot court team wins national championship A Texas Wesleyan School of Law moot court team won the Chicago Bar National Moot Court Competition held Nov. 18-20, 2010. The team also received the Second Best Brief Award. The moot court team consisted of 2L Chad McLain (oralist), 2L Jim Mathew (oralist) and 3L Jeanette Walston (brief writer). Johannes Walker ’07, staff attorney to the Hon. Bill Meier at the Second Court of Appeals, was the team’s coach. The team competed against teams from Northwestern University Law School and Thomas Jefferson School of Law in the preliminary rounds, Pepperdine University School of Law in the octofinals round, Southwestern Law School in the quarterfinals round, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in the semifinals round and Pepperdine in the final round. This win marks the fourth moot court nat ional championship for Texas Wesleyan, along with one international championship, to date. “To go to a national competition and win is a tribute to the hard work these students put in from the very first day they got the problem. The team wrote an excellent brief, and the judges at this competition, many of whom were actual federal and state judges, consistently praised the oralists’ keen understanding of the law,” Walker said.


American Airlines attorneys mentor law students Nine Texas Wesleyan School of Law students were paired with nine American Airlines attorneys as part of the American Airlines Law Student Diversity Mentorship Program. The program seeks to provide minority students with guidance and career advice from mentoring attorneys throughout the academic year. Targeted at second- and third-year law students, this is the fourth year the law school has partnered with American Airlines. “Having a mentor is an important factor in the overall professional development of a law student. The American Airlines Law Student Diversity Mentorship Program helps students transition into our profession and gives them insight and guidance on the practical aspects of the practice of law,” Arturo Errisuriz, assistant dean for career services, said. “We are grateful to the AA attorneys for volunteering their time again this year.” The program is organized by the law school’s office of career services, and participants are selected on a first-come, first-

Students and American Airlines attorneys participated in the fourth year of the American Airlines Law Student Diversity Mentorship Program. The mentorship opportunity was coordinated by the law school’s office of career services. — Photo by Dan Brothers

served basis. Participating students agree to meet with their mentors at least six times during the year and attend any CLE events sponsored by American Airlines.


A kickoff luncheon was held on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at Shula’s 347 Grill in Fort Worth to allow students and their mentoring attorneys a chance to network and socialize.

Advice for lawyers-to-be: What would Atticus do? Fifty years ago, Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird and created an iconic hero for the ages. In the book, Atticus Finch, the small-town Alabama lawyer based loosely on Lee’s own father, displays a moral courage and sense of justice that has become the gold standard of many real-life lawyers. Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Finch in the subsequent movie would earn him an Academy Award and a place in the national consciousness. Talmage Boston, a shareholder with Winstead, P.C., in Dallas, spoke to students at Texas Wesleyan School of Law on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, about the ethics and professionalism lessons for lawyers in To Kill a Mockingbird. The event, held in the Amon G. Carter Lecture Hall, was sponsored by the litigation section of the State Bar of Texas, in conjunction with the law school’s office of career services. “We were delighted to host the presentation on our campus and feel fortunate to be part of a local and state legal community that is so involved in the professional development of our law students,” Arturo Errisuriz, assistant dean for career services, said.

The Hon. Ed Kinkeade, district judge for the Northern District of Texas and adjunct professor at the law school, introduced Boston. Members of the litigation section of the State Bar of Texas were in attendance, including section chair Walker C. Friedman, partner at Friedman, Suder & Cooke; and Law School Ethics Committee member Steve Hayes, of the Law Office of Steven K. Hayes.

Boston focused on the character of Atticus Finch, who was voted the greatest movie hero by the American Film Institute in 2003. Several current lawyers have noted Finch’s influence on their decision to become a lawyer, including Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Boston himself, who was a young child in the early 1960s. He noted that the characteristics of Atticus Finch are ones that all lawyers should aspire to: honorable, ethical, strong, noble and moral.

Hon. Ed Kinkeade, Walker C. Friedman, Talmage Boston, Arturo Errisuriz and Steve Hayes — Photo by Amy Batheja

Boston published an article, “Who Was Atticus Finch?” in the June 2010 edition of Texas Bar Journal. At his talk at the law school, Boston spoke about why the book and movie had such an impact on society when they came out in the early 1960s. “It hit a nerve, just as America was awakening to the need for civil rights,” Boston said. 15

Boston discussed several lessons the book teaches about how to act ethically as a lawyer, including the duty to represent the underserved and indigent: “Do it privately, with humility and empathy,” he said. He said that even though the book was written 50 years ago, the moral lessons of To Kill a Mockingbird are still relevant today and can be used as a guide for resolving ethical dilemmas in a lawyer’s career. “I hope you respond to these questions when they come up in your career – and they will – with the question, ‘What would Atticus do?’”


Public Interest Law Week introduces students to pro bono opportunities With events ranging from a panel featuring past fellows discussing their pro bono experiences to the 10th annual Equal Justice Day, a public interest fair introducing students to various internship and pro bono opportunities, Public Interest Law Week 2011 was a definite success.

“First, we hope to encourage students to apply for a 2011-2012 Public Interest Law Fellowship,” Guzman said. “Second, the goal is to make the 30-hour pro bono requirement easier to fulfill for students. Oftentimes this requirement sneaks up on busy law students and in the end they struggle to meet the hours and may end up investing time in something they weren’t really interested in. By attending the Equal Justice Day fair, students can meet and speak with more than 25 organizations desperately in need of pro bono help.”

The week kicked off Monday, Jan. 24, with a panel of past fellows sharing their experiences providing pro bono services According to Patti Gearhart Turner ’94, then assistant dean for student affairs and director of the Equal Justice Program, over the summer. Tuesday’s event featured Equal Justice Day was started 10 years a panel of current public interest attorneys. ago after the faculty adopted the Equal Speakers included Judith Guzman from Justice requirement that all students must Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas – Dallas; contribute 30 hours of pro bono legal Sean Colston of the Tarrant County district services as a condition of their graduation. attorney’s office – Domestic Violence Unit; Cherami Jenkins of the office of the Texas “We created a fair to introduce public attorney general – Child Support Division, service attorneys and legal organizations Fort Worth Northeast office; and Chris to our students and to foster opportunities for our students to find pro bono placements. Curtis of the federal public defender’s More than 25 public service organizations were represented Through this forum students learn about office in Fort Worth. at Equal Justice Day on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. opportunities to volunteer or intern with — Photo by Cristina Noriega Equal Justice Day, Wednesday, Jan. 26, organizations and governmental programs featured representatives from more than that they find interesting,” Turner said. “Each 25 public interest organizations set up in booths in the Bernie year we introduce a new group of 1Ls to 30 or more attorneys Schuchmann Conference Center. Students were invited to who practice in public service law. For most of the students this network with the representatives to learn more about internship forum introduces them to new areas of law practice.” and pro bono opportunities. Organizations represented at Equal Justice Day included Catholic Charities of Dallas, the Dallas Public Interest Law Week ended on Thursday, Jan. 27, with a County public defender’s office, Human Rights Initiative of North presentation from Hannah Silk Kapasi of the Texas Access to Texas, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and SafeHaven of Tarrant Justice Commission, John Shaw from Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and Paul Daly, a former Access to Justice student County. intern, speaking about their experiences practicing as legal aid 2L Jamie Guzman, Texas Wesleyan Public Interest Law Fellowship attorneys and discussing public interest internship opportunities through the State Bar of Texas. president, said the goal of Public Interest Law Week is twofold.


WIP presents Criminal Law Week

“Prison gave me time to think about the injustices,” Woodard said. “But hopefully the experience also made me a better person.”

The Wesleyan Innocence Project kicked off Criminal Law Week, held Oct. 5 - 8, 2010, with the annual exoneree luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, WIP hosted a panel of criminal defense attorneys that included Mark Daniel, attorney at Evans, Daniel, Moore & Evans; Larry Moore, attorney at Moore & Cummings; and Mike Heiskell, attorney at Johnson, Vaughn & Heiskell. Thursday’s public interest panel featured Trey Bunch, Dallas County public defender; Kenneth Nash, state counsel for offenders; Peter Fleury, federal public defender; and Chris Curtis, federal public defender.

James Woodard was the guest of honor during the luncheon held in the Bernie Schuchmann Conference Center. More than 90 members of the law school community were in attendance at the noontime presentation. Woodard spoke about his experience being in prison for 27 years for a crime he didn’t commit. He was convicted in 1981 for the murder of his girlfriend and was freed in April 2008 after DNA evidence proved his innocence.

This is the second year WIP organized Criminal Law Week. “We wanted the students to be exposed to the difficulties of defending those 16

who are charged with crimes. Also, we wanted to raise general awareness of WIP,” 3L Taylor Anderson, WIP director of case management, said. “Additionally, we wanted the students to hear from actual criminal attorneys to get an idea of the path of a criminal defense attorney.” The week concluded on Friday, Oct. 8, with a joint symposium, Innocence and the Road to Exoneration, hosted by WIP and the Texas Wesleyan Law Review. Some of the presenters for that day included Michael Ware, special fields bureau chief for the Dallas County district attorney’s office; Dr. Nizam Peerwani, chief medical examiner for Tarrant, Denton and Parker counties; Craig M. Cooley, attorney with the Innocence Project of New York; and Sarah Chu, forensic policy associate with the Innocence Project of New York.


A November Christmas in Fort Worth There was excitement and anticipation. Joy was in the air. Hugs and smiles were shared. Faces beamed. Presents filled the courtrooms. It sure seemed like Christmas on Nov. 20, 2010, at the Tarrant County Family Law Center. And for 88 kids and the 54 families that adopted them on National Adoption Day – maybe it was. Since its inception in 2000, the National Adoption Day effort has helped nearly 35,000 children nationwide find permanent, loving families. “On one single day for the last 11 years, the lives of thousands of children in foster care have been forever changed,” Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., president and CEO of the Freddie Mac Foundation and a member of the National Adoption Day Coalition, said in a press release. Fort Worth and Texas Wesleyan School of Law have been involved from the

start. This year, 43 students from the law school assisted the 10 judges, 37 attorneys and more than 100 volunteers who participated in this year’s National Adoption Day in Fort Worth. “The law school’s participation in National Adoption Day provides students an invaluable learning experience while enriching the lives of foster children in our community,” Patti Gearhart Turner ’94, then assistant dean for student affairs and director of the Equal Justice Program, said. “Students learn professional skills as they assist local attorneys to prepare legal documents, interview clients, and attend the final adoption hearing.” Among the “forever families” that day were two very giving and courageous families that adopted five children each. “Every year it gets better and better,” Ruth Ann Patsel, local chairman of National Adoption Day for the past three years,

Several of the 43 Texas Wesleyan law students that assisted with the adoption process for the 2010 National Adoption Day joined Associate Judge Cynthia Mendoza ’03 (front center) in her courtroom between adoption hearings on Nov. 20, 2010. — Photo by Dan Brothers

said. “This year was our largest to date.


All of the planning and work getting things ready for these children’s adoptions is worth it once you see their smiling faces.”

Wolfcryer gets his day in court In Aesop’s fable, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” no one believes the shepherd boy when he – finally – sees a real wolf and calls for help. On Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, the wolfcryer got his day in court, as more than 80 local elementary school students participated in the mock trial exhibition Village of Sheepfold v. Joey Wolfcryer at Texas Wesleyan School of Law. The elementary mock trial exhibition, the fourth to be hosted by Presenting Law Activities to Youth, gives young students a window into the world of law. “The goal of this program is to expose the students to the legal profession, teach them what we do, and hopefully inspire them to walk down the pathway to their dreams,” 3L David M. Patin, Jr., elementary mock trial chairman for P.L.A.Y., said. “We want the students to have fun, but we also want them to take something positive away from the time they spent with us.” Local teachers select elementary school students to participate, and Texas Wesleyan law students go to the schools in the weeks prior to the event to help students prepare for the trial. Elementary school students serve as witnesses, others as attorneys, defendants and plaintiffs. They prepare evidence and learn the procedure of a trial. In this case, evidence included an article in the Sheepfold Villa Gazette, and testimony included the fact that Joey

Wolfcryer was well versed in the ways of wolves, having studied wolf law, wolf literature and wolfology. Eight elementary schools from the Fort Worth Independent School District participated: Manuel Jara, Hazel Harvey Peace, Como, I.M. Terrell, Clifford Davis, H.V. Helbing, Meadowbrook and Edward J. Briscoe. “Each year we get more and more participation from the FWISD elementary schools. Many of the principals and teachers can’t wait until next year,” Patin said. “Hopefully, the programs continue to grow so that we can touch the lives of more students.” Wesleyan law students volunteered to serve as jurors. Neal Newman, professor of law, and alumnae Letetia Holt ’10 and Alma Hernandez Blackwell ’04 served as judges. Each judge gave constructive comments to the participants after the jury returned the verdict and the case was closed. “You were clear, we could hear you. … You did a good job with the witness,” Newman said after one trial.


The participating students were evaluated by the judges and jurors, and trophies were awarded to the student and the school with the highest number of points, Jesus Rios and I.M. Terrell. 17

Law school advocacy teams continue to thrive The Texas Wesleyan School of Law ADR team of 2L Daniel Ippolito and 2L Ross Tew won the ABA National Negotiation Competition held in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 1112, 2011. The team was coached by Kay Elliott, adjunct professor of law, and Chris Watts ’00, Denton city councilman. Originally, Tew and Ippolito were scheduled to compete as a team for the competition, but Ippolito’s wife went into labor the day before, and he had to make the trip to the hospital for the delivery. Tew took over preparing for the competition without a partner and subsequently became the first competitor to win without a partner

Dean Frederic White stands next to the ADR team of 2L Daniel Ippolito, 2L Ross Tew and coaches Kay Elliott and Chris Watts ’00. The team will represent the U.S. in the international finals this summer. — Photo by Cristina Noriega

Watts said he was proud of Tew’s

Also, on Feb. 10-12, 2011, the law school’s

performance at the national competition.

Black Law Students Association mock trial

in the competition’s history.

team of 3L Larry Mike, 3L Ebony Todd, 3L “I was impressed with how Ross was

Amber Hamilton and 2L Marshay Howard

“Danny and I had high expectations

able to maneuver around the various

going into nationals. We had done well

negotiating styles from collaborative

at regionals and felt we could do even

and soft-spoken to competitive and

better this time around, so competing

boisterous. Ross maintained a consistent

without my partner was not the plan.

tone and strategy and was unwavering

When I realized Danny wasn’t coming,

in advocating for his client’s interests,”

Competition in San Antonio, which earned

the anxiety and stress of wanting to do

Watts said. “He was able to use the judge’s

them a spot at nationals. Joshua Burgess of

well went away. I realized I had nothing

feedback in earlier rounds to improve his

the U.S. attorney’s office coached the team.

to lose because no one, myself included,

performance in subsequent rounds.”

expected our team to do well without both

advanced to compete in the national finals of the Thurgood Marshall National Mock Trial Competition. The team finished third at the Rocky Mountain Regional BLSA

“I was very impressed by the hard work

of us at the table,” Tew said. “Competing

Ippolito and Tew have advanced to

and dedication of the four members of the

and winning by myself is significant to the

represent the United States in the international finals in Copenhagen,

team. They were tireless in their efforts, and

extent that it underscores the excellence of Texas Wesleyan’s ADR program.”

Denmark, in the summer.

I’m looking forward to their success at the national competition,” Burgess said. According to Jennifer Ellis ’05, director of advocacy programs, the BLSA mock trial team is the law school’s first mock trial team to advance to a national finals. “Our students successfully competed against some of the top schools in the nation,” Ellis said. “Congratulations to the teams and their coaches for all their hard


work. Their many hours in practicing and The BLSA mock trial team of coach Joshua Burgess, 3L Ebony Todd, 3L Larry Mike, 2L Marshay Howard and 3L Amber Hamilton finished third at the Rocky Mountain Regional BLSA Competition, which earned them a spot to compete in the Thurgood Marshall National Mock Trial Competition. — Photo by Cristina Noriega


preparing for these competitions paid off in a big way.”

Law school students, faculty and staff participated in a variety of games during the Eighth Annual Fellowship Auction and Game Show Night. This year’s event raised $55,540. — Photo by Cristina Noriega

In Memoriam:

Fellowship Auction and Game Show Night raises $55,540

Law School Loses Start-up Dean John Cady by Dan Brothers

It was a night of laughter, camaraderie and fundraising, all for a good cause. The Eighth Annual Fellowship Auction and Game Show Night, held on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, raised $55,540 to benefit the Texas Wesleyan Public Interest Law Fellowship.

John C. Cady, longtime professor of law at Texas Wesleyan School of Law, died on Nov. 11, 2010, at Baylor Hospital in Fort Worth from complications due to diabetes.

The event raised $27,770 from live and silent auction items and a raffle, and Dean Frederic White provided a matching donation.

Cady joined the faculty of the law school, which was then known as the Dallas/Fort Worth School of Law, in 1990, after serving as dean when the law school opened in 1989. Cady had previously taught at Reynaldo Garza School of Law and George Mason University. At Texas Wesleyan, he taught classes in copyright and remedies.

“The students, professors, staff, alumni, local attorneys and judges, and the community at large played vital roles in helping the auction succeed. The funds raised will provide stipends to law students, enabling them to work for public interest law organizations that otherwise would not be able to afford to hire summer interns,” Patti Gearhart Turner ’94, then assistant dean for student affairs and director of the Equal Justice Program, said. “Ultimately, people who need public interest legal services will benefit from this collective effort to expand service to the underserved.”

“John served the law school since its inception,” Frederic White, current dean of the law school, said. “That’s a long record of dedication and devotion to teaching for any faculty member.” Cady earned his J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center, as well as a master’s degree from Washington State University. He was a member of the Order of the Coif.

Professor James McGrath was the auctioneer for the live auction that included bar review courses, a game of pool with Dean White, and dinner at a professor’s house. One of the larger ticket items was a seven-night stay at a Galveston beach condo that sold for $1,350.

“John was our start-up dean in August 1989,” remembered Joe Spurlock II, who taught the very first class at the Dallas/Fort Worth School of Law and is currently professor of law and director of the Asian Judicial Institute at Texas Wesleyan School of Law. “He served about three months before Frank Elliott agreed to become our first full-time dean in October.

For the first time ever, the event included a game show night. For the price of a $2 raffle ticket, students entered for a chance to compete against law school professors and staff in “Password,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Are You Smarter than a Law Professor?” and “Family Feud.” “Our vice president, Jessica Ortiz DeWitt, wanted to change the entertainment this year, and I couldn’t have been happier with the way it all turned out,” 2L Jamie Guzman, president of the Texas Wesleyan Public Interest Law Fellowship, said. “People enjoyed themselves and the fellowship made a lot of money in the meantime.”

“John had a unique talent of being able to analyze reams of demographic data referencing trends and patterns, which was very helpful for us in our early years,” Spurlock said. “He will be missed.”




December 2010 Hooding and Commencement Ceremony

Rev. Brooks Harrington, legal director of Methodist Justice Ministry and associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, was the keynote speaker during the December commencement ceremony for Texas Wesleyan School of Law, held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Worth. After an invocation by Dr. Robert Kenji Flowers, chaplain of Texas Wesleyan University, Dean Frederic White offered opening remarks and presented two student awards.

Article by Amy Batheja Photography by Dan Brothers

moral character during his or her law school career and exhibits the potential and desire to become a successful, ethically conscious attorney. Each commencement, the graduating student body elects one of their own to give a speech. This semester’s honoree, Peter Nguyen, expressed gratitude to the faculty and staff of Texas Wesleyan, as well as to the family and friends of all of the graduates. “Among us today are parents who have watched us transform from simply being argumentative to being licensed, professional arguers,” he said.

The Equal Justice Award is given each semester to the graduating student who contributes the Rev. Brooks Harrington greatest number of pro bono legal services. This year’s awardee, After the keynote speech, White Brant Webb, completed more and then Interim President Dr. Lamar than 400 hours of pro bono research and writing E. Smith presented and conferred 57 juris doctor services for the Eighth Court of Appeals in El Paso. degrees. Aric Short, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, presented each graduate Michael Huebner received the MacLean & Boulware with a purple academic hood, the color of which Endowed Scholarship, an award given to a graduate represents the discipline of law. selected by the faculty who demonstrated high 20

“Good Lawyer, Good Person”

Excerpts from Rev. Brooks Harrington’s 2010 Commencement Address “Welcome to the profession. … You do indeed have the bar to pass, a job to get, clients to obtain, skills to develop and, for many of you, debt to pay off. I assure you, these will all happen eventually. These are all serious struggles. But I want to start to prepare you today for another struggle, in the form of choices you will be called to make every day of your careers. You will have to choose what you believe to be the characteristics and behaviors of a good lawyer, and of a good person, and you will have to reconcile those. … “I suspect that you and I could easily reach a consensus of the characteristics and behaviors of a good person: courtesy and even kindness to others; compassion, including a refusal to take advantage of another’s vulnerability; honesty; fairness; reliability; unselfishness; devotion and faithfulness to family, friends and community. “But I suspect that we would not as easily reach a consensus on the characteristics and behaviors of a ‘good lawyer.’ What kind of ‘good lawyer’ do you aspire to be? Is the good lawyer you want to be one who makes tons of money? The lawyer who is effective at self-promotion, which I assure you, can be a huge part of modern law practice? Is your good lawyer the one who is trusted with lucrative referrals from other lawyers? Or is your good lawyer employed by a prestigious firm? … Maybe you have the ability to be any kind of lawyer you want to be. But I promise you that you can’t be every kind of lawyer you want to be. You will have to start choosing. Soon. … “You will encounter a disconnect between what each of you generally believes to be the characteristics of a ‘good person’ and the characteristics you will be taught or conditioned or pressured into associating with a ‘good lawyer.’ And so you will, at times, have to sacrifice being what some in the legal community and your clients believe to be a ‘good lawyer’ in order to be a ‘good person.’ You will regularly find yourself in situations in which you have to choose one over the other. The point is to be conscious of the choices being made and to make them for yourself. … “A main point I want to make … is that this disconnect between being a good person and being a good lawyer is the source of much of the deep dissatisfaction that lawyers too often feel about our profession. And this disconnect, if you let yourself be pressured or fall too far into it, will be a source of deep dissatisfaction for you as well. Let me repeat this, please. If you let yourself be shoved too far into this disconnect, by client pressures and money pressures and peer pressures, you will often experience this deep dissatisfaction as well. “We human beings are an uneasy combination of the finite and the infinite, of the limited and the transcendent. We are on the

one hand trapped behind our own eyeballs, trapped in our own narrow perspectives and self-interests and biological urges and needs and anxieties. But we also yearn for the transcendent, to attach our lives to something good and true and meaningful in a larger sense. And we enjoy some capacity to do just this. So when we give our lives completely to the narrow economic interests of ourselves and our clients, we sink into a pit of deep dissatisfaction. We deny that part of ourselves which is transcendent, which is moral. “If I am bumming you out on your graduation day, I apologize. But I want you to recognize the challenge of your career that will surely be in your path from the first day of your practice. If you believe that representing a client effectively and faithfully will require you to be unkind, unjust, misleading, disrespectful, intimidating and discourteous, and you are OK with that, this talk isn’t for you. And I wish you would reconsider your career choice. “But for the rest of us, I want to voice aloud a simple truth: that the satisfactions and rewards of being a good, which is to say rich lawyer, with all the money and trappings and BMWs, are nothing when compared to the satisfactions and rewards of being a good person whose goodness can bear fruit through a law license. Good lawyer. Good person with a law license. Easy choice to offer. Terribly difficult choice to make, hour by hour. … “I am 62 years old. I have been a Marine infantry officer, a member of a law school faculty, a federal criminal prosecutor, an associate and a partner in private law firms, a civil litigator and an ordained minister. I have been a bread winner and a bread eater. I am a son, a husband, a father, and a citizen. I have played, I have been, all these roles. “But most of all, I am a child of God, a moral being. And so are you. That is not a role that you and I can slide in and out of. That is who and what we are. We cannot deny it. And just being a decent human being is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week calling, a calling, no matter what roles we find ourselves in. What is at stake is not just our present happiness and satisfaction. What is at stake, for the entire community, is that a good person – a decent, compassionate, fair, respectful, humble, dedicated human being, with a law license – can change lives, can save lives, indeed can change entire communities. “Be one of those. Be one of those. Don’t just be a good lawyer. That’s not good enough for you, and it won’t be enough to make you happy. Be a good person, a decent human being, with a law license.”




ACADEMIA Cynthia Alkon

notes about Texas Wesleyan law faculty and administrators

Wayne Barnes

Professor of Law Publications: “The Objective Theory of Contracts,”

Associate Professor of Law Publications: The American

Bar Association published and released the Legal Education Reform Index for Kosovo on Feb. 24, 2011. Alkon led the assessment team that included primary responsibility for drafting the LERI. The LERI is available online at or directly at

76 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1119 (2008), was cited in David G. Epstein, Bruce A. Markell, and Lawrence Ponoroff, Cases and Materials on Contracts: Making and Doing Deals (3rd ed. West 2011).

Activities: Presented “Social Media and the Rise in Consumer Bargaining Power” at the 6th International Contracts Conference, Stetson University School of Law, St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 19, 2011.


Presented “Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Rule of Law Development Assistance to Countries in Conflict” at the 2010 Association of American Law Schools’ Dispute Resolution Section Works-in-Progress Conference, University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Ore., Oct. 15, 2010.

Mark Edwin Burge

Legal Writing Professor Activities: Spoke on the

topic “Becoming a Law Professor: Pathways into Academia” on a panel at the 2011 National Conference of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 19, 2011.

Stephen Alton

Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Evening Division Programs Publications: “The Game Is Afoot!: The Significance

Megan Carpenter

of Gratuitous Transfers in the Sherlock Holmes Canon” (ABA Real Prop. Tr. & Est. L.J., forthcoming) was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for the following eJournals: Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law and English & Commonwealth Literature in October and November 2010.

Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property Activities: Presented “Calling Bulls**t on the

Lanham Act: The 2(a) Bar for Scandalous, Immoral, and Disparaging Trademarks” at a symposium on the Lanham Act, University of Louisville, Louis S. Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, Ky., Nov. 5, 2010.

“The Game Is Afoot! ...” was the number one most downloaded paper for October 2010 in the English & Commonwealth Literature eJournal and the Victorian Literature topic within that eJournal. The paper was also listed in the Top Ten All Time most downloaded in the Victorian Literature topic.

Presented “Intellectual Property: A Human (Not Corporate) Right” at a conference on Forgotten Rights, Forgotten Concepts at the 10th anniversary celebration of the LL.M. program at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway, Ireland, Nov. 20, 2010.

Susan Ayres

Presented “Recent Developments in Trademark Dilution” at the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship Symposium on Copyright and the Law of Marks in the Age of Grokster, University of Houston Law School, Houston, Texas, Jan. 27, 2011.

Professor of Law Publications: “The Husband,” 34 Borderlands (2010). Activities: Presented “‘I killed her with my mind’: Unwanted Pregnancy and Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Stephanie Daley,” at the Villanova University Law and Literature Symposium, Philadelphia, Penn., Oct. 2, 2010.

Presented her research on the Lanham Act bar to trademark registration for scandalous, immoral, and disparaging marks at the Intellectual Property 22

Works-in-Progress Conference, Boston University, Boston, Mass., Feb. 11-12, 2011.

James P. George

Presented at the Need-to-Know Workshop, Art Law: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 19, 2011.

Survey of Texas Law: Conflict of Laws,” 63 SMU L. Rev. 455 (2010).

Professor of Law Publications: “Annual

Activities: As the lead nominator, worked with Fifth Circuit Judge Tom Reavley and other judges and lawyers to elect three candidates to membership in the American Law Institute in October 2010.

Gabriel Eckstein Professor of Law Publications: The

Hosted an American Law Institute local meeting, Oklahoma City, Okla., Nov. 11, 2010.

Greening of Water Law: Managing Freshwater Resources for People and the Environment (United Nations Environmental Programme 2010).

Currently representing pro bono clients in three matters and recently volunteered for pro bono cases with Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, focusing on consumer and housing cases.

Activities: Presented The Greening of Water Law: Managing Freshwater Resources for People and the Environment at The Role of Law in Improving Water Quality during World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden, Sept. 7, 2010.

Working with the Texas Fair Defense Project in Austin regarding criminal defendants’ access to court.

Interviewed by Forrest Wilder, “Five Questions for Gabriel Eckstein,” Forrest for the Trees: Texas Observer, Oct. 31, 2010, http://www. texasobser /forrest for thetrees/five questions-for-gabriel-eckstein.

Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development and Professor of Law Publications: “Arbitrators, Not Courts,

Michael Green

May Decide Contract Unconscionability,” Lab. and Emp. L. (ABA Labor and Employment Section), Vol. 38, No. 4, Summer 2010, at 3.

Presented “Buried Treasure or Buried Hopes? The Status of Mexico-U.S. Transboundary Aquifers and International Law” at the Transboundary Aquifers – Challenges and New Directions UNESCO Conference, Paris, France, Dec. 6, 2010.


Presented “Alternative Dispute Resolution of Employment Discrimination Claims: Does Race Still Matter?” as part of a panel on Employment Discrimination at the Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, N.J., Sept. 11, 2010.

Presented “The Silala/Siloli Watershed in Bolivia/ Chile: Lessons from the Most Vulnerable Basin in South America” at the Transboundary Aquifers – Challenges and New Directions UNESCO Conference, Paris, France, Dec. 7, 2010.

Commented on the working paper of Hiro Aragaki (Fordham), “Arbitration’s Suspect Status,” at the Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, N.J., Sept. 12, 2010.

Presented “Managing Hidden Treasures Across Frontiers: The International Law of Transboundary Aquifers” at the Transboundary Aquifers – Challenges and New Directions UNESCO Conference, Paris, France, Dec. 8, 2010.

Presented “Employer-Provided Mobile Communication Devices: Keeping the Employees’ Expectation of Privacy Realistic?” at the Fifth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 24, 2010.

Served as a legal expert and instructor at a pilot course on the sustainable management of transboundary groundwater, organized by UNESCO, Paris, France, Dec. 9-10, 2010. Served as the keynote speaker at the conference: The Human Right to Water in the West, Willamette University School of Law, Salem, Ore., Feb. 3, 2011.

Participated in the “Mock AALS Interview” at the Eighth Annual LatCrit-Society of American Law 23


academia Wake of Pyett,” Daily Lab. Rep. (BNA) No. 32, Feb. 16, 2011, at A-6.

Promotions and Appointments

Nominated and reappointed by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board of directors to serve a two-year term from 2010-12 as a member of the DART Trial Board.

• Lisa Goodman, tenure • Terri Helge, tenure • Wendy Law, promoted to associate professor

James Hambleton

Professor of Law Publications: “Law Library Budgets in Hard Times,”

Michael Green (continued)

Teachers Junior Faculty Development Workshop, Denver, Colo., Oct. 7, 2010.

103 Law Libr. J. 91 (2011).

Presented “Alternative Dispute Resolution of Employment Discrimination Claims: Does Race Matter When Reading Ricci and Pyett?” at the 2010 Association of American Law Schools’ Dispute Resolution Section Works-in-Progress Conference, University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Ore., Oct. 16, 2010.

Maxine Harrington Professor of Law Activities: Presented

“HIPAA Privacy Rules” to students and faculty in the M.D. Anderson PreProfessional Program, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 25, 2010.

Presented “Cyberspace and Its Ethical Traps for Employment Lawyers” on the panel “Not Just Sleepless in Seattle: Current Issues in Ethics and Professional Responsibility” at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Annual Continuing Legal Education Program in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 4, 2010.

Terri Helge

Associate Professor of Law Activities: Presented “Impact of Estate Tax Repeal

Presented “Reading Ricci and Pyett to Provide Racial Justice Through Union Arbitration” at the conference: Labor and Employment Law Under the Obama Administration: A Time for Hope and Change?, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Ind., Nov. 13, 2010.

on Probate” at the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association Probate Litigation Seminar, Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 17, 2010.

Presented “Understand how the Obama Tax Reforms will Impact Your Organization” at the 2010 Nonprofit Performance Summit, Arlington, Va., Sept. 21, 2010.

Served as the neutral co-chair for the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Regional Student Mock Trial Competition, Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 20-21, 2010.

Presented “Charitable Trusts vs. Nonprofit Corporations” at the 28th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute, University of Texas Law School, Austin, Texas, Jan. 13, 2011.

Served as the scholar-in-residence at the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee midwinter meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, Feb. 1113, 2011. Green made the introductory session presentation, “Examining the Current Merger of Labor and Employment Arbitration,” on Feb. 11. Green also presented “Arbitration in the Digital Era: Privacy, Ethical, and Evidentiary Issues Regarding Cyberspace, Electronic Devices, and Social Networks” at the closing session on Feb. 13.

Presented “Transactions Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations” at the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Nonprofit Organizations Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 25, 2011. Presented “Charitable Donations: Giving to Museums and Nonprofits” at the Need-to-Know Workshop, Art Law: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 19, 2011.

Presented “Ethical Traps in Cyberspace for Employment Lawyers” to the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section, Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 15, 2011.

Quoted in an article by John Austin, “Tips to Make the Taxing Season Less So,” Fort Worth StarTelegram, Feb. 21, 2011, at C1.

Quoted in an article by Ken May, “Law Professor Urges Unions to Arbitrate Workers’ Race Claims in 24


academia H. Brian Holland

Timothy Mulvaney

Associate Professor of Law Publications: “Uncertainties Remain for Judicial

Associate Professor of Law Publications: “Section 230 of

the CDA: Internet Exceptionalism as a Statutory Construct” in The Next Digital Decade: Essays About the Internet’s Future (Berin Szoka & Adam Thierer, eds. The Progress & Freedom Foundation 2010).

Takings Theory,” 24 Prob. & Prop. 11 (2010).

“The New Judicial Takings Construct,” 120 Yale L.J. Online 247 (2011). “The Remnants of Exactions Takings,” (33 U.C. Davis Environs: Envtl. L. & Pol’y J. 189 (2010)), has been republished in the Zoning and Planning Law Handbook (Thomson West 2011).

Activities: Quoted in an article by Erich Schwartzel, “Morality Takes a Beating on the Web,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 19, 2010.

“The New Judicial Takings Construct” was number three on the SSRN’s Top Ten download list for Property, Land Use & Real Estate Law in February 2011.

Presented “Social Semiotics in the Fair Use Analysis,” Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas, Sept. 23, 2010. With co-contributors to the book The Next Digital Decade, discussed the chapter he authored, “Section 230 of the CDA: Internet Exceptionalism as a Statutory Construct,” with government officials and members of the press, Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2011.

Awarded the 2010 Excellence in Writing Award for Best Overall Article in Real Property by the editorial board of the ABA’s Probate & Property magazine, for the article “Uncertainties Remain for Judicial Takings Theory.”

Presented “A Social Semiotic Perspective on Originality in Copyright Law” at Boston University’s Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium, Boston, Mass., Feb. 11-12, 2011.

Activities: Presented “Asymmetries in Development Permitting” at the Central States Law Schools Association Conference, University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, N.D., Sept. 25, 2010.

Presented at the Need-to-Know Workshop, Art Law: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 19, 2011.

Presented “Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Transposing Exaction Takings” to the faculty of Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Wash., Sept. 30, 2010. Presented “Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Transposing Exaction Takings” at the inaugural Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vt., Oct. 22, 2010.

Charlotte Hughart

Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Law Clinic Activities: Started her term as 2010-11

Presented “Time, Exactions, and the Rising Seas” at the Northeast Regional Scholarship Workshop, Albany Law School, Albany, N.Y., Feb. 4-5, 2011.

chair of the Tarrant County Bar Association Habitat for Humanity Committee after serving as chair-elect the previous year.

John F. Murphy

The TCBA Habitat for Humanity Committee sponsored and built a house in October 2010, in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth and John and Nancy McClane.

Legal Writing Professor Activities: Presented “Busted:

Top Ten Legal Writing Myths” to the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Transition to Practice Group, TCBA headquarters, Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 29, 2010.

Gary Lucas, Jr.

Featured as a “Faculty Excellence Spotlight” on the website for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Texas Wesleyan University. The piece focused on Murphy’s endeavors to enhance his teaching techniques through the use of technology in the classroom. Link:

Associate Professor of Law Activities: Presented “The Use of Cigarette Taxes

to Discourage Smoking” at the Central States Law Schools Association Conference, University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, N.D., Sept. 25, 2010. 25


academia Tanya Pierce

John F. Murphy (continued)

Presented “YouTube Pedagogy: A Practical Guide” to the faculty at Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 15, 2011.

Legal Writing Professor Activities:

Presented a workshop, “Reading/

Writing,” at The Road to Law School seminar, hosted

Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose

by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas,

Professor of Law Publications: “In

Sept. 25, 2010.

the Name of Watergate: Returning FERPA to its Original Design,” 14 J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 76 (2011).

Spoke on a panel, “Grading Papers and Handling Student Conferences,” at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, University of Tulsa College of


Presented “FERPA Comes of Age: Defining ‘Education Records’ in a Digital Era,” Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, Feb. 8, 2011.

Law, Tulsa, Okla., Dec. 3, 2010.

Lynne Rambo

Quoted in an article by Mark Walsh, “High Court Weighs Police-in-Schools Case,” Education Week, March 9, 2011, Vol. 30, Issue 23, at 17.

Professor of Law

Activities: Interviewed live regarding the Snyder v. Phelps case, Fox 4/KDFW’s 9 p.m. newscast, Oct.

Huyen Pham

6, 2010.

Professor of Law Publications: “The Economic Impact of Local

Peter Reilly

Immigration Regulation: An Empirical Analysis,” 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 485 (2010).

Associate Professor of Law Publications: “Mindfulness, Emotions, and Mental

“The Economic Impact …” was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for the following e-journals: LSN: Empirical Studies; Experimental & Empirical Studies; and Employment, Labor, Compensation & Pension Law in August and September 2010.

Models: Theory That Leads To More Effective Dispute Resolution,” 10 Nevada L.J. 433 (2010).

Activities: Presented “Persuasion in the Context of Negotiation” at the 2010 Association of American

Activities: Participated in Arizona State University’s

Law Schools’ Dispute Resolution Section Works-in-

conference: The Role of the States in Immigration Policy and Enforcement, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 8, 2010.

Progress Conference, University of Oregon School

Spoke about administrative detention law at The Rights of Women Living with HIV Under Vietnamese Law, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Nov. 22-27, 2010.

discussion about college and graduate school at

of Law, Eugene, Ore., Oct. 15, 2010. Spoke about negotiation and participated in a panel High School Law Day, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 18, 2011.

Michelle Rigual

Susan Phillips

Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law

Professor of Law Activities: Participated

in a panel discussion, “Information Resource Development,” for the class SLIS 5600/4600: Introduction to Information Access and Retrieval at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, Nov. 10, 2010.

Activities: Presented “The Challenges of Creating Information Literate Lawyers” to the Dallas Association of Law Librarians, Baker Botts, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 24, 2011. 26


academia Malinda Seymore

Professor of Law Activities: Presented “Mock Law Class: ‘A Day in

Administration News

the Life of a Law Student’” at The Road to Law School seminar, hosted by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 25, 2010.

Everett Chambers ’03, director of academic support, and Marta Miller ’06, assistant director of academic support, published The Texas Bar Exam Advantage: Strategies and Exercises for Early Preparation and Remediation. The course book provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the content and goal of each of the four parts of the Texas bar exam, a review of a limited amount of highly tested substantive law, and a guide to improving lawyering skills through hands-on practice.

Presented “Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry Mason and the Court of Last Resort” at the Innocence and the Road to Exoneration symposium, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Oct. 8, 2010. Presented “Openness in International Adoption: Legalities & Practicalities” at the 6th Biennial Adoption Conference – Open Arms, Open Minds: The Ethics of Adoption, St. John’s University – Manhattan, New York, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2010.  Hosts a personal blog, Adoption Talk, which was recently named as a Top Twenty adoption blog by Adoptive Families magazine. Link:

Franklin G. Snyder Professor of Law Activities: Presented

Joe Spurlock II

“Consent in Contract Law” at the 6th International Conference on Contracts, Stetson University School of Law, St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 18, 2011.

Professor of Law and Director of the Asian Judicial Institute Publications: “Witness to the Revolution,”

Moderated a panel, “Contract Doctrines: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” at the 6th International Conference on Contracts, Stetson University School of Law, St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 19, 2011.

American Way, Dec. 1, 2010, at 38.


Profiled in an article written by Adam Pitluk, “Judge Joe Spurlock II: Helping Build a Democracy,” Fort Worth, Texas: The City’s Magazine, Nov. 2010, at 74.

ContractsProf, the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Contracts blog, was a recent nominee for Lexis/Nexis’ 2010 Best Business Law Blog awards. Snyder is the editor-in-chief of the blog.

Frederic White

Dean and Professor of Law Publications: Ohio Landlord Tenant Law (2010-11

Neil Sobol

Legal Writing Professor and Director of the Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program Activities: Presented “An Introduction to Logical

ed. West 2010).

Te n u re B l u es : A S o a p (AuthorHouse 2010).

O p e ra

[ novel ]

Activities: Quoted in an article by Jay Board, “Grapevine

Reasoning and Critical Thinking” at The Road to Law School seminar, hosted by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 25, 2010.

city stationery used for personal business,” Grapevine Courier, Sept. 8, 2010, at A.


Was appointed and served as the chair of the American Bar Association site evaluation team that visited the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, Ky., Feb. 27 - March 2, 2011.

Presented “Legal Research: A Review for the CLA Exam” to the Fort Worth Paralegal Association, Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 16, 2010. 27



news from the office of alumni relations & advancement


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Advancement Report

As the 2010-11 academic year comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on all the exciting things that we have accomplished as an alumni community. As you read through the alumni report in the following pages, you will see that our recent successes are quite remarkable, as we continue to build a stronger reputation for ourselves and for our law school. This year marks the end of the term of our current alumni board president, Caroline Akers Peterson ’04. I want to personally thank her for her leadership the past two years, as we have grown immensely with her enthusiasm, spirit and guidance. I’d also like to extend my gratitude to our immediate past president, Ralph Swearingin ’94, for his continued contributions to our association and for continuing to encourage other alumni to get involved in our association. And, finally, thank you to our outstanding committee chairs for their sacrifice of time, their devotion to our mission, and their desire to help us succeed. They say it takes a village, and we have seen the wonderful results of their hard work this year. Many thanks to you all!

THANK YOU, alumni and friends for supporting our law school and for making this year such a remarkable success! This year we set an ambitious goal of an alumni-giving rate of 10 percent, making our advancement efforts competitive with other law schools. This equates to 310 alumni making a gift to the Wesleyan Law School Annual Fund. With your generous support, I am delighted to report that we have met our goal! As of May 2011, 310 alumni have made a contribution to the Wesleyan Law School Annual Fund 2010-11 campaign. That’s a 3 percent improvement from last year, when 216 alumni gave to our annual fund campaign, yielding a 7 percent giving rate. These numbers are critical because they are reported to U.S. News & World

As the new academic year approaches, we look forward to building upon our successes, working with you to enhance our alumni network by providing you with new opportunities, resources and activities to network, learn and grow professionally. The future depends on us, and if the past is a predictor of the future ... we are looking good! Read on in this section to see what we’ve done, what we have planned for the future, and how you can get involved.

Report, the American Bar Association

As you know, we are always looking to highlight our alumni and showcase their talents, so please contact me if you have any questions, suggestions and/or concerns, at 817-212-4145 or by email at

those closest to the institution support

I wish you and your families a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you soon! Sincerely,

Casey Dyer Oliver ’06 Director of Alumni Relations & External Affairs 28

and other ranking institutions. These percentages send a clear message to other funders as well, corporations and foundations alike, about how those closest to the institution, our alumni, view their alma mater. The logic goes: if


the institution’s mission and endeavors, then others are more likely to as well.

Alumni Association Honors Outstanding Members of Law School Community Each year the Texas Wesleyan School of Law Alumni Association recognizes outstanding members of the law school community. This year the association celebrated those individuals during “A Night at the Races,” an awards dinner held on Nov. 12, 2010, at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. The event was held in the Champions Room on the second floor of the park, and attendees were treated to live horse racing throughout the night.

Award winners Aric Short, Joe Spence and Johannes Walker ’07 — Photo by Cristina Noriega

Dean Frederic White began the program by welcoming the more than 100 alumni, students and friends of the law school who were in attendance. He then introduced Aric Short, associate dean for academic affairs, professor of law, and recipient of this year’s Richard Gershon Leadership Award. The award is named after Gershon, former dean of the law school, and honors an individual who has demonstrated qualities that go above and beyond; has demonstrated outstanding leadership; and has persevered under extraordinary circumstances. “Just this year, Aric has revitalized our curriculum to add more practical legal courses to the schedule to allow students to receive training on how to actually practice law so they will be better prepared when they leave our halls,” White said.

Past alumni association presidents Shannon Pritchard ’00, Jason Mills ’00 and Hon. Ralph Swearingin ’94 — Photo by Cristina Noriega

Joe Spence, partner at Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, received the Steve Chaney Friend of the Law School Award. The award honors nonalumni for service to the law school. Spence has been involved with the law school’s advocacy program for several years, and he has coached all three of the national championship moot court teams. For the first time ever, the alumni association presented the Alumnus of the Year Award. Johannes Walker ’07, staff attorney to the Hon. Bill Meier at the Second Court of Appeals, was the recipient of the inaugural award. As a student, Walker competed on numerous moot court teams, and he is one of the law school’s most decorated advocates. He has coached moot court teams since 2007, and his teams have achieved success on the state, regional and national levels.

Justice Bill Meier, second from right, and his staff on the Second Court of Appeals: Bryce Perry, Jeanne Cloward, Johannes Walker ’07 and Cameron Davis — Photo by Cristina Noriega



Alumni Events and Activities This year we held our annual alumni awards dinner, as well as a new community event, Wesleyan Law Day at Rangers Ballpark. Our alumni weekend was even more successful than in years past, as we hosted more than 400 students, alumni and friends at the annual Alumni Community Crawfish & Shrimp Boil and raised more than $10,000 at The Greenhill golf tournament for the endowed Chief Justice Joe Greenhill Scholarship. These among other signature activities that we coordinate throughout the year such as CLEs, happy hours and recognition dinners enable us to gather together to reminisce, reconnect and reunite. Check out the calendar of events to find out what’s happening next year! — Photos by Deborah Barnett

Austin Alumni Happy Hour Reception May 23, 2010, Iron Cactus Grill, Austin

Dean Frederic White honored alumni who passed the bar last year on the eve of the State Bar of Texas Swearing-in Ceremony.

Christianne Edlund ’09, Colby Gunnels ’09, Amanda Dickson ’09 and Nikki Chriesman ’09 at the Austin Alumni Happy Hour Reception

Ethics CLE presented by U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade September 14, 2010, Tower Club, Dallas

Texas Wesleyan School of Law adjunct professor and U.S. District Court – Northern District of Texas Judge Ed Kinkeade presented a one-hour ethics CLE, “Current Issues in Professional Responsibility,” to more than 75 alumni at a Judge Ed Kinkeade and Dr. Gary Edd Fish ’95

luncheon sponsored by Chris Long ’04.


Connect to Texas Wesleyan

Stay Connected to Your Law School … If you’d like to volunteer your time, serve on an alumni committee, make a gift, be a CLE speaker, etc., please contact Casey Dyer Oliver ’06, director of alumni relations and external affairs, at 817-2124145 or

Wesleyan Law Day at Rangers Ballpark August 15, 2010, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

More than 120 alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends joined together at the hottest game of the year in the First Base Corner

Alumni Association Calendar of Events 2011-12

Club to watch the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox.


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Orientation, Reception for New Students, Fort Worth, Law School Dean’s Donor & Scholar Recognition Dinner, Fort Worth, Ashton Depot Wesleyan Law Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington


14 Alumni CLE Luncheon featuring President Slabach, Fort Worth


Andy and Matthew ’08 Wright, Irina Kharlanova ’05 and Casey Dyer Oliver ’06

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Power Attorneys Luncheon, The Fort Worth Club Alumni All Star CLE (full day), Fort Worth, Law School Kubes Casino Night, Fort Worth, Billy Bob’s Texas


TBD Alumni Happy Hour, Austin TBD Austin Swearing-In Ceremony 11 Fall Alumni Awards Dinner


Jeff Crook ’05, Casey Dyer Oliver ’06 and Susan Schambacher Ross ’05

Texas Wesleyan School of Law Reception at the SBOT Annual Meeting June 10, 2010, Omni Hotel, Fort Worth

Alumni attending the SBOT annual meeting stopped by the Texas Wesleyan School of Law reception to

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Alumni CLE Luncheon and Holiday Toy Drive, Dallas, Tower Club Holiday Happy Hour and Toy Drive, Fort Worth, Joe T. Garcia’s


10 Alumni CLE Luncheon, HEB area


21 Alumni Happy Hour, Dallas, House of Blues

March 9

Alumni CLE (full day), Fort Worth, Law School


13-14 Alumni Weekend 13 - The Greenhill Golf Tournament 14 - Crawfish & Shrimp Boil

mix and mingle.


Dean Frederic White and 2009-10 State Bar of Texas President Roland Johnson


TBD Austin Swearing-In Ceremony 3 Cinco De Mayo, Alumni Happy Hour, Fort Worth

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Alumni CLE Networking Luncheon

January 11, 2011, La Hacienda Ranch, Colleyville Nathan Graham ’08 presented “Bankruptcy Best Practices.”

Nathan Graham ’08 and Chrissy Tefera ’07 at the alumni CLE luncheon

Michelle Burks ’09 and Kimberly Gilkinson ’09 at the alumni CLE luncheon

Ronnie Hall ’07 and Brooke Mixon ’08

Holiday Fiesta Luncheon

December 9, 2010, Joe T. Garcia’s, Fort Worth More than 75 alumni, faculty and staff Amanda Buffington Niles ’10, Amber Altemose ’10, Christina Sherwood ’09 and Stephanie Bostwick Hess ’09 at Joe T.’s

celebrated the holiday season at Joe T.’s by bringing a toy for Toys for Tots.

Marta Miller ’06 and Mark Bohon ’06

Susan Schambacher Ross ’05 and Alma Hernández-Blackwell ’04 collecting the toys donated by alumni for Toys for Tots.




Alumni, Friends and Family Gather to Raise Money for Jeff Kubes ’03 Memorial Endowed Scholarship For the second consecutive year, Texas Wesleyan School of Law alumni, friends and family of Jeff Kubes ’03 gathered to honor his memory and raise funds for the endowed scholarship established in his name. Nearly 150 people attended Cowtown Double Down Casino Night, co-hosted by the law school alumni association and the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, and held on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, in the Portraits of the Wild Art Gallery at the Fort Worth Zoo. The evening raised more than $7,000 for the Jeff Kubes ’03 Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Kubes, who was active in the law profession and the Fort Worth community at large, passed away in 2008. Rick Kubes, Jeff’s father, spoke about Jeff’s love for the profession. “He was so proud to be a lawyer, in the finest sense of the word,” Kubes said.

Kubes also acknowledged 2L Chuck Hill, who is the first recipient of the Jeff Kubes ’03 Scholarship.

Club, a $500 gift certificate to Kubes Jewelers, and dinner for two at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. Justin Huston, a member of the FW-TCYLA board of directors, co-chaired the event with Casey Dyer Oliver ’06, director of alumni relations and external affairs.

Rick Kubes, Cathy Hirt, Karen Roach and Jim Roach — Photo by Dan Brothers

Guests bought raffle tickets and exchanged them for chips to play casino games such as blackjack, roulette and craps. A TV broadcast Game 2 of the Texas Rangers’ historic run for the World Series title against the San Francisco Giants. A raffle drawing was also held for several items, including a round of golf at Cowboys Golf

“Fort Worth is an amazing community,” Huston said. “The fact that this many people came together tonight to remember Jeff speaks volumes about how much Jeff meant to the community.” Jeff Kubes served on the board of directors for FW-TCYLA and was accepted into the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court. He and his wife, Curran ’04, also an attorney, volunteered in the annual Tarrant County National Adoption Day and both were very active in the Fort Worth community.


News from the Law Review Alumni Association The new leadership team for the 2011-2012 law review board of editors is in place, and they have big plans for next year! The members of the board of editors are: Editor-in-Chief - Jesse Snyder Managing Editor - Scott Thompson Executive Editor - Antonio Allen Business & Marketing Editor - Grace Espinosa Citation Editor - Teal White Symposia Editor - Kate Echols NCLR Editor - Beth Hearn Articles Editors Debrah Ochoa, Alysee Pelletier and Kristen Van Bolden Notes & Comments Editors Chuck Hill and Kathryn Wren The law review will be hosting two symposia next year, a business leadership symposium in the fall and an energy symposium in the spring.

The business leadership symposium will focus on the general legal issues that today’s corporate attorneys must face as both legal professionals and business leaders. Presenters will address the laws and regulations impacting the practice of law, as well as the general labor and employment issues impacting modern businesses. The fourth annual energy symposium will focus on a wide variety of energy-related issues exploring topics from the perspectives of the operator, royalty owner, surface owner, regulator, and municipality. The symposium will also include the inaugural Energy Law Survey. The survey is aimed at legal practitioners and will review emerging legal issues among nine different states as an annual comparative law survey on oil and gas. If you’re interested in participating in the energy symposium, contact the symposium editor, Kate Echols, at kate.echols@ More information about both symposia can be found on the law review website (go to and click on “Law Review”).


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alumni report

The Texas Wesleyan School of Law Alumni Association congr atulates the following alumni and 3L students who passed the July 2010 State Bar of Texas exam:

Megan Abens

Cynthia Fitch

Benjamin King

David Roberts

Katharine Adams

Daniel Floyd

Brian Kirkpatrick

Peter Rose

Amber Altemose

Carla Freeman

Christene Krupa

Jeffrey Rutledge

Amanda Altom

Jeremy Fuselier

Rozmin Ladha

Lyndsey Sage

Brittany Baine

James Brandon Gaines

Seth Lain

Nicole Sallie

Walter Barker

Matthew Giadrosich

Maria Lamas

Roman Sarabia, Jr.

Elizabeth Barr

Carrie Giles

Christa Laneri

Matthew Schoenberger

Genevieve Barr

Matthew Gilpin

Truc Le

Jac Schuster

Allison Bedore

Leonard Girling

Michael Lee

Leigh Sellers

Rebecca Bell

Aaron Godsey

Bradley Liddle

Lindsey Shanklin

Jodi Bender

Damian Gomez

Tony Lin

Melissa Sircar

Matthew Berry

Jacqueline Gonzales

Alan Lomax

Brandon Smith

Cortney Bethmann

Richard Gonzales

Amy Lorenz

Michelle Snedden

Zinzi Bonilla

Gabriel Gonzalez

Roxanna Manoochehri

Tracy Stearns Bush

Dorothy Boone-Costantino

Stephanie Gonzalez

Jenna Martin

Caleb Stone

Charles Boulware

George Gooch

Stephanie May

Tracy Tan

Christopher Bowlin

Tabitha Goodwin

Eric McClelland

Brooke Taylor

Traci Bowman

Kristin Grzymek

Richard McCracken

William Terrell

Todd Burt

Dave Gunter

Thomas McDonnell, Jr.

Dawnelle Thompson

Megan Callahan

Constance Hall

Jana McGowen

Sandra Thompson

Christopher Campbell

Vana Hammond

Christopher McGregor

Mathew Tribolet

Gejsila Cangonji

Courtney Hanson

Carmesia McJunkin-Connie

Leah Turlington

Ken Chestnut III

Courtney Harper

Kelly McMahan

Brian Tyrone

Jordyn Christian

Debra Hauser

James Miller

Michael Uvalle

Christopher Coats

Carson Hebert

Anne Moberg

Mary Vance

Courtney Coffin

Victoria Helling

LaJoi Murray

Rajan Vasani

Janice Colarusso

Matthew Henscheid

Shivani Naicker

Brian Von Hatten

Whitney Collins

Kevin Henson, Jr.

Katherine Nguyen

Matthew Walton

Ryan Conway

James Holland

Taylor Nichols

Preston Ward

Daniel Cox

Anne Hollander

Amanda Niles

Sara Watkins

Rebecca Currier

Letetia Holt

Erika Patino

Lance White

Catherine Curtis

Trenton Scott Horner

Jenea Pickering

Cori Willett

Elizabeth Dagley

Jessica Hurdt

Ashley Pramik

Bobby Williams, Jr.

Lori Dally

Cassandra Hutchins

Chad Pryor

Katie Woods

Christina Davis

Geoffrey Irwin

Nancy Reece

Jennifer Woodward

Jaime Duggan

Jayant Sean Jain

Crystal Reeves

Geri Wyatt

Bryan Eggleston

Grant Jordan

Adam Richard

Garrett Ferguson

Melanie Kelly

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weekend “It’s always fun to see new faces at alumni events, especially those classmates and friends we don’t get to see on a regular basis, and this year’s alumni weekend proved to be a great opportunity to do just that!” - Casey Dyer Oliver ’06, director of alumni relations and external affairs

Top of page: Cort Bethmann ’10 with his family and “Crawdaddy” George Blackwell, multimedia services manager, at the Crawfish Boil — Photo by Doug Thurman

Above: A four-legged friend at the Crawfish Boil — Photo by Doug Thurman

Right: Justices Paul Green and Dale Wainwright, Texas Supreme Court, and John Cayce, former chief justice, Second Court of Appeals, at The Greenhill golf tournament — Photo by Dan Brothers


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Alumni Community Crawfish & Shrimp Boil More than 400 alumni, students and friends of the law school attended the Fourth Annual Alumni Community Crawfish & Shrimp Boil, held in the law school parking lot on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Guests enjoyed crawfish, shrimp, hot dogs and more while listening to the music of The RayBans, a North Texas party/dance band. Some of the events for the day included a CrawDOG corner, Mudbug Kids’ Corner, Student Tailgate Alley and Phi Delta Phi’s Pie the Professor contest. “The good food, great weather and fun entertainment gave everyone an excuse to come out and enjoy the excitement,” Casey Dyer Oliver ’06, director of alumni relations and external affairs, said. “We welcomed back our friend and former dean, now university president, Fred Slabach, while our current dean, Frederic White, serenaded us with his spectacular version of ‘Mustang Sally.’ “If you didn’t join us this year, mark your calendar for next year’s alumni weekend – there is fun for all!”

Top of page: 2L Grace Espinosa, 3L Courtney Richards Leaverton, 2L Martin Garcia, 3L Dave Olivas and Dean Frederic White — Photo by Dan Brothers Directly above: Dean Frederic White; Phyllis White; Frederick Slabach, president of the university; Paul George, professor of law; Ann Hambleton ’97; and James Hambleton, professor of law — Photo by Dan Brothers Left: DeShun Eubanks ’04; Caroline Akers Peterson ’04; Gary Fish ’95; Jessica Sharma Graham ’04; Chris Long ’04; Tiffany Burns ’00; “Crawdaddy” George Blackwell, multimedia services manager; Susan Schambacher Ross ’05; Beth Adcock ’07; Alma HernándezBlackwell ’04; J.D. Milks ’07; and Casey Dyer Oliver ’06, director of alumni relations and external affairs — Photo by Dan Brothers


The Greenhill On a sunny but windy spring day, more than 80 people participated in the Fourth Annual Chief Justice Joe Greenhill Golf Tournament at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine on Friday, April 15, 2011. Twenty-one teams competed in The Greenhill, whose proceeds go to the endowed Chief Justice Joe Greenhill Scholarship at the law school.

Thank You to the Alumni Weekend Committees The alumni association would like to extend a special thank you to our Crawfish

The first place trophy went to the team of Nick Anagnostis ’05, Dawn Anagnostis, Kyle Corey and Mike Corey. Kyle Corey, daughter of law professor Susan Phillips, plays on the PGA Northern Texas Section Junior Tour and has won two tournaments. Second place went to the team of Justin Huston and Mike Wurtz of sponsor McDonald Sanders, and law students 3L Forrest Smith and 1L Frank Harber. Tarrant County judges Beth Poulos, Judith Wells, Mike Sinha and Jerry Hennigan earned third place honors.

& Shrimp Boil and The Greenhill planning

“Each year, it amazes me to see what our law school community can accomplish when we work together,” Oliver said.

Crawfish & Shrimp Boil

“What we are building here at Texas Wesleyan is like no other – a community built of dedicated advocates and civic leaders. As we continue to grow, I am excited about the work that we are doing and the traditions that we are forming.” Judiciary members, alumni, faculty, students, sponsors and leaders in the local legal community participated in the event, including Frederic White, dean of Texas Wesleyan School of Law; Texas Supreme Court Justices Dale Wainwright and Paul Green; John Cayce, former chief justice of the Second Court of Appeals and now with Kelly, Hart & Hallman; Justice Martin Richter, Fifth Court of Appeals; Justice Anne Gardner, Second Court of Appeals; Judge R.H. Wallace, Jr., 96th District Court; Judge Craig Smith, 192nd Dallas County Civil District Court; Judge Eric Moyé, 14th Dallas County Civil District Court; Judge Wayne Salvant, Criminal District Court #2; Judge Don Pierson, Tarrant County Court at Law #1; Judge Beth Poulos, 324th Family District Court; Judge Judith Wells, 325th District Court; Judge Mike Sinha, 360 th Family District Court; Judge Jerry Hennigan, 324th Family District Court; and players from Akin Gump, Bracewell & Giuliani, Cantey Hanger, Elsey & Elsey, Gardner Aldrich, Haynes and Boone, McDonald Sanders, The Noteboom Law Firm, Sisemore Childress, Texas Lawyer, and Winstead, P.C.

committees. These leaders worked hard to make the weekend a success!

Angela Doskocil Gaither ’09, co-chair Katey Powell Stimek ’07, co-chair Lara Aman ’06 Becky Eaton ’07 Nancy Gordon ’04 J.D. Milks ’07 Susan Ross ’05 Karon Rowden ’01 Lori Spearman ’97 Vicki Wiley ’09

The Greenhill Scott Lindsey ’02, chair Zach Burt ’09 Jeff Crook ’05 Jim Kiser ’09 Mary-Margaret Lemons ’07 Caroline Akers Peterson ’04 Dwayne Smith, Jeff Crook ’05, Scott Lindsey ’02 and Terry Gardner — Photo by Dan Brothers


Micheal Schneider ’06

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2011 Alumni Weekend Sponsors

Texas Wesleyan School of Law would like to thank the following sponsors who made the 2011 alumni weekend activities a success. Their generous support benefits various programs and organizations on campus, including but not limited to, the endowed Chief Justice Joe Greenhill Scholarship and the Wesleyan Law School Annual Fund.

The Greenhill Golf Tournament Sponsors Schneider Law Firm, P.C.

Jason Mills ’00

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Stephen Mosher ’95, Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Sawyer, LLP

Falcon Document Solutions

Peterson Equipment Co., Inc.

Sisemore, Childress & Associates, PLLC

Amber Altemose ’10, Touchstone Business Services, LLC

Cantey Hanger, LLP

Bank of Texas

Haynes and Boone, LLP

The Bassett Firm

McDonald Sanders, P.C.

Brackett & Ellis, P.C.

Law, Snakard & Gambill, P.C.

Fort Worth Business Press

OmniAmerican Bank

Law Office of Steven K. Hayes

Winstead, P.C.

Merit Court Reporters

R. Mark Oliver, Brown Pruitt Peterson & Wambsganss, P.C. Caroline Akers Peterson ’04, Looper Reed & McGraw

C. Scott Petty ’06, CSP Resources, LLC

Decker, Jones, McMackin, McClane, Hall & Bates, P.C.

Pope, Hardwicke, Christie, Schell, Kelly & Ray

Gardner Aldrich, LLP

Tarrant County Bar Association

Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C.

Texas Lawyer

Alumni Community Crawfish & Shrimp Boil Sponsors Texas Wesleyan School of Law Student Bar Association

Catherine Borum ’06

Dr. & Mrs. Charles Dyer

Campbell Family Holdings

Harris Cook, LLP

Christina Davis ’10

Chris Long ’04

Rachel ’07 & Rob ’07 Davis


Angela Adkins Downes ’98 Jonathan Finke ’07

Casey ’06 & Mark Oliver

Wendy Flanigan ’06

Ross & Matthews, P.C.

Jessica ’04 & Nathan ’08 Graham

Bearden Investigative Agency, Inc.

Law Office of Nancy A. Gordon, P.C. (’04)

The Depot

Katie Lewis ’05

Jim Bearden & Associates, P.L.L.C.

Michelle ’07 and John ’07 Medlock

Law Office of Angela Doskocil Gaither ’09

Ross Law Offices, P.C.

Law Office of Ganoza & Rodriguez

Schateaux 2000 Properties, LLC

Law Office of Katey P. Stimek ’07

Rik Sehgal ’07

Law Office of Lori Spearman ’97

Texas Wesleyan School of Law Phi Delta Phi

Law Office of Theresa Copeland ’04

Adam Blythe ’07

Law Offices of Kate Smith, PLLC (’04)

Texas Wesleyan Law Fellowship

Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C.

In-Kind Sponsors

Storm Master, Inc. Amber Altemose ’10, Touchstone Business Services, LLC

Lindsay DeVos ’03

Texas Wesleyan School of Law Sports & Entertainment Law Society

Diaz & Wright, Attorneys at Law

Robert Blankenship ’95

Pendery’s Inc.

Mark Bohon ’06

Karon Rowden ’01


ALUMNI John M. Clement

was elected to the board of directors of the Dallas chapter of The General Counsel Forum.

Gerald Glickman, DDS, MS, MBA, was installed as the American Dental Education Association president-elect. He will spend a year as ADEA president-elect and become ADEA president in March 2012. Gerald is currently professor and chair of the department of endodontics and director of graduate endodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry. Mike McLelland

was elected the criminal district attorney of Kaufman County in January 2011.

Patti Gearhart Turner was appointed to

the Tarrant County Bar Foundation Board of Directors for a three-year term ending December 2013.

1995 Mark A. Doyle was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star. Mark’s Dallas firm of Knott & Doyle specializes in workers’ compensation.

LaDonna Key ’04

Since 2008, LaDonna has managed a staff of 10 contracts administrators at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s airport development and engineering department, which oversees the design and construction of all projects on the airport, including the current $8 billion renovation of Terminals A, B, C and E. She has also been a lead attorney-advisor with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a compliance attorney with a Fortune 500 dietary supplement company. In her private practice she handles consumer law, family law and entertainment law matters. She volunteers with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program – Attorneys in the Classroom; DFW Airport AACTION Committee (African-Americans Collaborating Toward Inclusion Outreach and Networking); the NFL Experience; and as a mentor. Why did you choose to attend the law school? I was married after my first year of college and finished my degree in journalism working full time and taking care of a family. I put off going to law school until my daughter was older; unfortunately I was unable to put off working for a living. I lived in Garland and worked in Las Colinas at the time, so conventional wisdom would suggest that I attend the law school in Dallas County. However, after speaking with both institutions, one of them expressing to me that “if I were serious about law school I would attend during the day” while the other welcomed me with open arms, I chose Texas Wesleyan. Hands down, the environment at Wesleyan was warmer and far more conducive to learning. Despite the miles, Texas Wesleyan was unquestionably the right choice for me. What are you most proud of (personal or professional)? I have a lot for which to be thankful. My faith has enabled me to overcome many obstacles in my life. Being the first college graduate in my family, and the only attorney, gives me a great sense of pride (though I take credit for none of it). But without question, I am most proud of my mother and her unselfishness in raising five children alone, while making sure we had everything we needed, that we believed in a higher power, and that we understood the importance of education and discipline. It is because of her example that I have grown to be the person I am today, despite the odds. What do you like to do in your spare time?

1996 Margaret A. Johnson was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star. An associate at Touchstone, Bernays, Johnston, Beall, Smith & Stollenwerck, L.L.P., she is an insurance defense attorney with substantial experience in equine related issues.

I was a student athlete in high school and for some time in college. Though I am much older and my mind can accomplish far more than my body, I am still a huge sports fan, up to and including rock curling! I attend Mavs and Rangers games when I can and I play in volleyball leagues three nights a week in Arlington and Fort Worth. What makes you proud of graduating from Texas Wesleyan School of Law? Consistent with the sports fan in me and my personal history, I am a huge supporter of the underdog and righteous causes. If someone says “I can’t,” I am determined to prove them wrong. If someone says “not good enough,” I say, “we’ll see about that.” Texas Wesleyan is a class act that has consistently quieted the naysayers. It is a formidable institution that provides a quality legal education and prepares its students to practice law and take on challenges in the real world.



news & notes


news & notes


Heather J. Barbieri was recognized as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star. The Barbieri Law Firm, P.C., is located in Plano. Tylene Di Sciullo

became of counsel to the Weaver Law Firm. She practices in the areas of commercial litigation, contract disputes, family law, wills and probate litigation. Tylene can be reached via email at In January 2011, she won the world championship of the United Country Western Dance Council World Championships held in Nashville, Tenn. Tylene and her partner placed first in four of their seven dances and placed second in the remaining three dances. She has been dancing competitively for three years.

Claudia Martinez was appointed by the

Fort Worth City Council as a Fort Worth Municipal Court judge on March 22, 2011.

Harold W. McAden was recently recertified for another five years in the practice of oil, gas and mineral law. He has been board certified in this practice since 2005 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His office is located at 1101 Stevens St., P.O. Box 1186, Bridgeport, Texas, 76426; phone 940-683-0227, email Walden Shelton

was elected to County Court at Law No. 9, Bexar County, Texas. He was sworn in as judge at a ceremony in San Antonio on Jan. 1, 2011.


Anthony J. Barbieri of Kessler Collins, P.C., in Dallas, was named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star for the fourth year in a row in 2011 in business/corporate law, real estate law and business litigation.

Darrell Wayne Calvin, Jr.,

a partner with Touchstone, Bernays, Johnston, Beall, Smith & Stollenwerck, L.L.P., was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in personal injury defense.

Leighton Durham was named a Texas

Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 for the fifth time. A partner with Kelly, Durham & Pittard, LLP, Leighton has served as lead appellate counsel on numerous appeals.

Jason C. Mills was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star. The Law Offices of Jason C. Mills focuses on immigration law. Amie S. Peace was named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 in family law for the second year in a row. Amie is a member of the Denton firm of Coffey, Stout & Peace, L.L.P.

James E. Key


Darren P. McDowell was profiled for the fourth time as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011. He is a trial lawyer with the litigation firm of Simons, Eddins & Greenstone, LLP, in Dallas.

David L. Cheatham was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star. He is a frequent guest speaker and member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society of lawyers whose members are interested in high ethical standards and improved training. David is peer-review AV-rated preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and serves on the board of directors for the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association.

with Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C., was named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 for the fifth time. He specializes in complex business and oil and gas litigation issues.

Allen L. Williamson was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in general litigation. Allen is with the firm of Simpson, Boyd & Powers located in Decatur.

2000 Bryan L. Abercrombie of Cordell & Cordell, P.C., in Houston was selected as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in family law for the third year in a row in 2011. Andrew J. Anderson was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in family law and criminal defense. His firm, Anderson Legal Group, P.C., is located in Colleyville. Patricia Cole and her husband, Trent,

are celebrating 10 years of business at Lone Star Bavarian, Inc., a BMW, Mercedes and Mini service facility located in Fort Worth.

Richard D. Johnson was selected as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in family law in 2011 for the third time. 40

Meegan Miloud has started her own firm, Miloud Law Firm, focused on criminal law and juvenile law, in Lakewood, Colo. Meegan is a licensed attorney in Colorado, Wyoming and Texas. Kevin S. Mullen has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 for the fifth year in a row. Kevin is a shareholder in the Dallas office of Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Elizabeth L. Porter of KoonsFuller was profiled as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 for the fourth year in a row due to her valuable work on parent-child relationships and child custody. Elizabeth is a member of the family law sections of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association. She is also a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and Dallas Young Lawyers Association and has been elected to the Annette Stewart American Inn of Court.

2002 Brian A. Bolton,

a criminal defense attorney with The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy in Irving, was named a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Len Michael Conner was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in family law for the second year in a row in 2011. His firm, Len Conner & Associates, P.C., is located in Irving. C. Todd Hewes

was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star. He is an associate defense attorney with Touchstone, Bernays, Johnston, Beall, Smith & Stollenwerck, L.L.P., in Dallas.

(Sandra) Leigh King

has recently started her own pet-sitting business, Leigh Loves Lapdogs!, in addition to her work as a solo law practitioner, certified level one tax preparer, and adjunct professor of law. Since her husband and children are allergic to “all things fur,” Leigh writes, “[This new business] has been the next best thing to having a dog of my own.” Leigh has also mentored an underprivileged child since 2005.

April D. Nordhaus was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in estate planning and probate. April is with the McKinney firm of Luce Nordhaus & Walpole, PLLC.

Cliffie earned a B.A. in biology from William Woods College, 1981; a B.S. in nursing from Baylor University, 1982; and a J.D. summa cum laude from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 1994, where she was a member of the Order of the Barristers. Cliffie is currently chief staff attorney with the Fifth District Court of Appeals. She also worked as deputy chief staff attorney, staff attorney for Justice Carolyn Wright, research attorney for Justices Tom James and Joseph Devany, briefing attorney for Chief Justice Charles McGarry, all with the Fifth District Court of Appeals. Cliffie worked as a registered nurse from 1982 through 1994 at Baylor University Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas; Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash.; and 130th Station Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany. Why did you want to be an attorney? As lame as it is, To Kill a Mockingbird. After working in the ICU as an R.N. for many years, it was time for a new career. The law just seemed like the only choice. What is your best memory of the law school? Graduation! What do you think sets Texas Wesleyan School of Law apart from other law schools? A diverse student population, bright, supportive staff and faculty, and of course, an outstanding writing program. Tell us a random/fun fact about you. What is your proudest moment?  I rode and showed hunter-jumpers throughout elementary, junior high, high school and part of my undergraduate years. My proudest moment (besides those which involve my three great kids!) was clearing a 6-foot puissance wall riding a horse named Passenger Train. What do you most enjoy about your job? I have a law nerd’s dream job; my favorite part is there are constantly new issues and cases to be researched and analyzed.

J. Ryan Nordhaus

Christian Seward started a new job with BAE Systems – Intelligence & Security, a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions, information technology, intelligence and analytical tools, and support services and solutions.

Mario Perez


Exam Advantage: Strategies and Exercises for Early Preparation and Remediation. The course book provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the content and goal of each of the four parts of the Texas bar exam, a review of a limited amount of highly tested substantive law, and a guide to improving lawyering skills through hands-on practice.

Tawanna L. Cesare, an attorney with Moses Palmer & Howell, L.L.P., was recognized as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in family law and business litigation.

Lindsay D. DeVos was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in family law and estate planning and probate. The Law Office of Lindsay D. DeVos, PLLC, is located in Mansfield.

was named a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in family law. Ryan is with the McKinney firm of Luce Nordhaus & Walpole, PLLC.

was appointed in April 2011 as associate municipal judge for Forest Hill. This third municipal judgeship for the city was created to help with the backlog of court cases. Mario is a partner with Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP.


Everett Chambers and Marta Miller ’06 published The Texas Bar


Cliffie Wesson ’94


Christopher Lee ’04 Christopher is an attorney specializing in mortgage loan modification work and bankruptcy. Before starting his own practice in 2011, he played a key role in establishing, in 2007, Allmand & Lee as the largest bankruptcy law firm in Texas. He attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind., for his undergraduate (B.S.) degree in political science and public administration. He holds a J.D. from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, was admitted to the Texas bar in 2003, and is licensed to practice law before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. Christopher is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Dallas County Bar Association, the Tarrant County Bar Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is also a longstanding member of the American Bar Association, as well as the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and the American Consumer Bankruptcy College. In his free time, Christopher enjoys spending time with his wife and children, fishing, engaging in various water sports, and working with old cars. He is an active member of his church and the Dad’s Club in his daughter’s school. He also often volunteers at church functions and at his children’s schools. What do you like best about being a lawyer? And about your job? My passion is to help people who do not have the ability to help themselves. Putting a stop to creditor harassment and creditors who take advantage of people is what I love. I guess it’s sort of a way to help the underdogs of the world. Being a large filer of bankruptcy cases, I get to experience this firsthand every day. That is what I like about doing what I do. What is your favorite memory of law school? Why did you choose Texas Wesleyan School of Law?  My favorite memory of law school was the camaraderie of my peers and the professors. I received a great education at Texas Wesleyan but I also made lifelong friends. I chose Wesleyan because I felt that the school was on the rise in Texas and specifically in the DFW Metroplex. I was correct and I am proof that this was and is true. What do you like to do in your spare time?  In my spare time I like to coach my son’s T-ball/baseball team. My family and I really enjoy sporting events and spending time at our lake house in Granbury. Wakeboarding is at the top of our list of things to do in the summer months. In the winter months we really enjoy spending time in Utah skiing. What is your proudest moment (professional or personal)?  Professionally, my proudest moment would be the day that I was sworn in and licensed to practice law by the United States Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts swore me in himself and that was the day that I felt like I had truly arrived in my professional career as an attorney. My proudest moment personally would have to be the days that my daughter and son were born. They are 5 and 6 now and spending time with them, watching them learn and seeing their little light bulbs light when they learn something new. There is no feeling like it.

Cody Hand has been named senior counsel to the appropriations committee of the Senate of the North Carolina General Assembly. He, along with his wife, Kara, and daughter Emmie, live in Cary, N.C. Alan N. Herda was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in intellectual property in 2011 for the third year in a row. Alan is an associate in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Rachel Moore was recently named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in family law in 2011 for the fourth year in a row. Rachel, an attorney with KoonsFuller, is a trained mediator and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, and the Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association. Christopher J. Parvin was profiled as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star. His practice with Palmer & Manuel, L.L.P., in Dallas focuses on business law, estate planning and probate, and litigation. Jake Posey

was selected as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 for the fourth year in a row. His Austin firm, Posey Law Firm, P.C., is focused on government relations, business and consumer fraud law.

Mark A. Sanders,

DO, recently received his designation as a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. The honorary designation of Fellow is bestowed upon those candidates who have contributed outstanding national and local service through teaching, authorship, research or professional leadership. They have also contributed outstanding service in their professional career and family practice duties in their community and civic activities.


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Charles Brady and Eboney Cobb

were named new partners at Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP, as of Jan. 1, 2011. They are both based at the firm’s Arlington office.

Tena Fox

was the only attorney in Tarrant County in 2010 to pass the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in estate planning and probate.

Leah M. Harbour was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in family law and criminal defense. Leah is an associate at The Wright Law Firm, L.L.P. Caroline C. Harrison was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 for the third year in a row. She is a partner in the Fort Worth office of Cantey Hanger LLP and a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice group. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling. Curt Magee has recently been board certified in oil, gas and mineral law. He is a solo practitioner in Southlake. Caroline K. Akers Peterson

of Looper Reed & McGraw was selected as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 for the third year in a row for estate planning and probate, and energy and natural resources law. Caroline served as president of the law school alumni association board of directors from 2010 to 2011 and was on The Greenhill golf tournament committee.


Brooke Ulrickson Allen, an attorney

with Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell, LLP, was elected to the board of directors of Santa Fe Youth Services. The position is a twoyear term and this year she will chair the governance committee. Brooke was also selected as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 for the third year in a row.

Michael W. Canton

was recognized as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in immigration law. His firm, Miley & Brown, P.C., is located in Dallas.

Deborah E. Edmunds recently acquired TRUCE Employee Representatives, LLC. She is the sole proprietor and one of the advocates. TRUCE is a firm of advocates specializing in nonattorney representation of employees in administrative hearings for organizations such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, Texas Employment Commission, Office of Personnel Management for Disability Retirement, and the U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Workers’ Compensation. TRUCE can be reached at or by phone at 877-428-7823 or 817-590-2784. Jo Ann “Joan” Bui Leslie recently

earned board certification in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, making her one of only 686 attorneys designated as a specialist in estate planning and probate law within the state of Texas. Joan has practiced exclusively in these areas of the law since earning her J.D., and opened her solo practice providing legal services in wills, trusts, estate planning, asset protection, probate and guardianship law last year. Joan wrote an article on JT TEN accounts that was recently published in the Dallas Bar Association’s newsletter, Headnotes (April 2011). She can be reached at 214-404-4904 or by appointment at The Law Office of Jo Ann Bui Leslie, 6060 N. Central Expressway, Suite 560, Dallas, Texas 75206.

Stephanie Toussaint was appointed as a special assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of Texas in October 2010. She works in the general crimes section of the Dallas division of the United States Attorney’s Office. 43


Mark M. Childress

of Sisemore Childress & Associates, PLLC, was recognized as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in family law.

Mar ta Miller and Everett Chambers ’03 published The Texas

Bar Exam Advantage: Strategies and Exercises for Early Preparation and Remediation. The course book provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the content and goal of each of the four parts of the Texas bar exam, a review of a limited amount of highly tested substantive law, and a guide to improving lawyering skills through hands-on practice.

Stephanie L. Russ

co-authored the article “The Franchise Disclosure Document: Puzzling or Just a Puzzle?” published in the Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes (February 2011). She also co-presented the annual franchise law update in February to the Franchise and Distribution Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association. 

Justin J. Sisemore

of Sisemore Childress & Associates, PLLC, was recognized as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in family law.


Michael Flynn

opened his own law office in February 2011, where he will practice family law, draft wills, represent mental health professionals in licensing board matters, and provide consultation for attorneys and clients regarding mental health testimony and the input of mental health professionals in legal matters. He can be reached at 2501 Parkview, Suite 620-A, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, phone: 817-5098820, fax: 817-509-8834, docmflynn@

David L. Pratt II was selected as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star. David is a member of Decker Jones’ appellate practice group.


news & notes Cary M. Schroeder recently opened

his own law office at 1009 Henderson Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. He can be reached at 817-704-4004 or Before opening his own firm, Cary worked at Tarrant County Probate Court One.

Rik Sehgal directed Tarrant County’s

first lawyer-themed skit show in February at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Tarrant Tortfeasors featured Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon, Texas Wesleyan School of Law Professor James McGrath and many alumni of the law school. Tortfeasors has already been picked up for next year.

Tammy D. Wilbon

joined the Dallasbased trial law firm Rose•Walker, L.L.P., in January 2011. Tammy holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She spent 13 years teaching high school English prior to earning her law degree.


Terry Bentley Hill has been admitted to practice in the Northern District of Texas.

C. Steven Chen has accepted a position

Julie Jacobson was honored in October 2010 by the American Bar Association Family Law Section for her pro bono service with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. She was selected from a broad pool of dedicated volunteers for her enthusiasm and commitment. Julie began volunteering in January 2010 with the Fort Worth legal clinics administered by LANWT.

Sharon Kolbet

accepted a position

as associate general counsel for the Baylor Health Care System. Sharon has also been appointed a co-chair of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Membership and Corporate Counsel committees.

2010 Rosa María Berdeja and Veronica Garza ’09 were among lawyers who 23 on March 23, 2011. Rosa María, Veronica and other volunteers answered phone calls from the public; the event was televised on the 5 o’clock news.


on April 23 by host Gloria Lynette

participated in an event for Univision 23 on March 23, 2011. Veronica, Rosa María and other volunteers answered phone calls from the public; the event was televised on the 5 o’clock news. The most common questions, Veronica wrote to Texas Wesleyan Lawyer, were about the Violence Against Women Act, which protects undocumented people who have been victims of abuse by their U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident spouse. Veronica is an attorney with Catholic Charities in Fort Worth.

Christie Cook Williams

has accepted a position as contract negotiator with L-3 Communications (Vertex Aerospace). L-3 provides support services to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. As contract negotiator, Christie will participate in and conduct front-end strategic assessment of business pursuits, proposal preparation, contract negotiation and contract administration.


participated in an event for Univision

as in-house staff attorney with Arbonne International, LLC, in Irvine, Calif.

Veronica Garza and Rosa María Berdeja ’10 were among lawyers who

Michelle Snedden joined the law firm of Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP, as an associate in the firm’s Dallas office. Her practice is focused on handling transactional matters for a variety of business clients, including auto dealers, real estate owners, and developers of affordable housing projects. Michelle, who is licensed to practice law in England and the U.S., previously practiced as an assistant lawyer at Turner Parkinson Solicitors in Manchester, England.

Rosa about

María the




interviewed Immigration

Lawyers Association Citizenship Day, a naturalization workshop held on April

In Memoriam The Texas Wesleyan School of Law community expresses deepest sympathy to the family, friends and classmates of our alumni and friends of the university who have recently passed away.

30. Rosa María has her own law firm,

Richard Dalton ’94

which focuses on immigration law, at La

Edward “Chris” Barrett ’03

Gran Plaza in Fort Worth.

Cort Bethmann


John C. Cady, professor



practice, The Bethmann Law Firm, in Granbury, Texas. His primary focus is on probate, family, consumer and criminal law matters.

E. Ashley Dagley joined Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C., as an associate in its business and taxation section in 2011. 44

Justice Joe R. Greenhill Martin Hancock Barrett Havr an

Please send obituary notices to Casey Dyer Oliver ’06, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 1515 Commerce St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102 or via email to

Harrison ’04 already making Article and photography by Dan Brothers

Recognition has come rapidly for Caroline Harrison ’04. In 2010, she was selected as the Outstanding Young Lawyer in Tarrant County by the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association. The award recognizes a lawyer under the age of 36 who demonstrates professional proficiency, service to the profession, and service to the community. In 2009 and 2010, Harrison was selected as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star. In 2008, she was both a Top Attorney in Fort Worth, Texas magazine and a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Fort Worth Business Press. For a term in 2008, Harrison was president of the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association. She is on the board of the Tarrant County Bar Association, a trustee with Speedway Children’s Charities, and is a volunteer with the Fort Worth Young Lawyers’ Mentor Program. In January of this year, Harrison was offered an early equity partnership with Cantey Hanger. Harrison has covered a lot of ground in the seven years since she graduated cum laude from Texas Wesleyan School of Law in 2004.

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The road to Wesleyan


fter marrying her high school sweetheart two weeks following high school graduation, Harrison, a California native, headed to Texas with her new husband who had family living in Arlington. They’ve been married 18 years now and have a 4-year-old daughter. Harrison was managing movie theaters before entering the University of Texas at Arlington as a political science major. “But I had always been thinking about law school,” she said. “I had a professor, Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers, I don’t remember the specific name of the class – but she had two people come to speak to the class – her husband, who was an attorney in Dallas, and Sue Walker, when she was running for the Second Court of Appeals. Those two people re-invigorated my desire to go to law school.” Harrison graduated summa cum laude from UTA in 2001. “I applied to and was accepted by several law schools,” she said. “I came to Law Day at Texas Wesleyan before I made my decision about law schools. I was struck by how much the students seemed to love the school. The professors who spoke were so approachable and seemed to care about the students. I just thought – if I go here, these people are going to care about my education and I’m going to have a great experience.”

The law school experience


worked very hard and I pushed myself,” Harrison continued, “partly because I knew that going to Wesleyan I would have an uphill battle. When I entered the school in 2001, it was just starting to be recognized by major law firms as a source of quality

attorneys. If I wanted to work at a large law firm, I realized that I was going to have to ‘shine a little brighter.’ “I wouldn’t say that I realized that going into Wesleyan,” Harrison observed. “But it was when I began to get a sense of how the community viewed the law school.” That community view changed considerably during Harrison’s three years at Texas Wesleyan and in the years since her graduation. “I’ve seen a bigger shift in particularly Fort Worth law firms,” she said, “being more accepting of Wesleyan students. When I was at the school, there was a fair amount of emphasis on the fact that if we wanted our degree to be more valuable it was up to us to get out there and become outstanding attorneys and make our degree mean more. I guess I took that to heart. “Wesleyan gave me a fantastic foundation,” Harrison said. “The professors were so supportive and so open to helping students. I really liked Professor [Cynthia] Fountaine [now dean of Southern Illinois School of Law]. Somehow I just got it when she was teaching. So I took everything I could from her – and used her as a sort of informal mentor. She was very accessible outside of class and always had time to visit with me about any concerns I had. “Dean [Patti Gearhart] Turner [then assistant dean for student affairs] placed me here at Cantey Hanger for an externship in the spring of my 2L year,” Harrison said. “She also helped me a lot along the way – when I asked ‘what do I do now in the externship?’ or ‘what’s my role?’ She was always available for questions,” Harrison said. The externship gave Harrison practical experience and a better understanding of what it was that she was going to be doing in the practice of law in her first, second and third year as an associate. 46

“If I hadn’t been placed in that externship,” she said, “I wouldn’t have clerked here [in the summer of her 2L year], and I wouldn’t have eventually gotten the job.” Harrison also externed for two semesters in her 3L year for the Hon. Terry Means in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. “Judge Means’ law clerks were very helpful and always available for mentoring,” Harrison said. “And Judge Means himself was helpful in explaining processes.” The externship gave Harrison a good understanding of the inner workings of a judge’s chambers, which has served her well while representing clients. As a 1L, Harrison struggled in legal writing classes. It was her involvement in law review that greatly enhanced her writing skills and along with the externships provided the practical skills that she would later employ as an attorney. “I think law review was very instrumental in creating the foundation of my legal education,” observed Harrison, who was articles editor for the Texas Wesleyan Law Review for 2003-2004. “Law review makes you pay attention to the technical aspects of the writing. It helps you understand how to get your point across. And it makes you a better writer as you analyze other people’s articles. It also helps you get a sense of working on a team, much like working on a litigation team. And it also helped me, I think, develop some leadership skills. Being on law review is a lot of hard work. And that helps prepare you for what you are going to face when you practice.” The emphasis that Texas Wesleyan places on legal writing and practical experience, Harrison feels, produces students that are better prepared for beginning attorneys than the students from many top-tier law schools.

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An associate at Cantey Hanger


arrison was originally hired by Cantey Hanger to do medical malpractice defense. Since tort reform, the volume of that business has declined. She now concentrates on employment law. “I wanted to find an area to specialize in,” Harrison said. “For purposes of marketing yourself, it’s a lot easier if you have a specialty that you can market. It gives you a huge comfort level when a client calls and asks a question and you can answer it right off the bat. That doesn’t happen as often if you don’t have a specialty.”

initiative in partnership with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. Associates are given cases to handle on their own. As a result, all the litigation associates now must handle two pro bono cases a year for Legal Aid, giving back to an underserved part of the community.

But Harrison also brings her own life

Harrison has also done pro bono work for the YWCA and Presbyterian Night Shelter, helping with employment problems or giving executive directors access to legal advice without having to pay for it.

better of my life. It makes me really

As part of the associate training program, Harrison, along with associate Philip Vickers, launched a pro bono

oldest of five,” Harrison recalled. “We didn’t have a lot. It made me work hard. It made me want to make something appreciate now, looking back, what I have. And I feel that it’s my obligation to help those that don’t have. It’s my obligation as a person.

Cantey Hanger] for several partners who have been generous with their time and willing to mentor me,” Harrison said. “And I’ve been able to see some very good attorneys and people at work, and I definitely try to emulate those people.”

What does the future hold?

“I also like working with employers to come up with solutions to specific situations and to help avoid similar situations in the future,” she said. “A lot of what we do as lawyers is about relationship building.”

“I started an associate training program here at the firm, two or three years ago,” Harrison noted. “We put together a twoprong program. The first prong focuses on brand new associates from day one through about the first six to 12 months of practice, concentrating on the basic things you need to know during your first year of practice. For the second prong, we have monthly CLEs that try to expose our associates to a broader range of the law.”

“My mom was single and I was the

“I have been very fortunate to work [at

Harrison likes the problem solving and people aspects of human resources. She works with employers to overcome obstacles and help them avoid conflicts with employees.

Texas Wesleyan’s 30-hour pro bono graduation requirement was firmly implanted in Harrison’s work ethic.

experiences into the equation.


arrison recently made partner at Cantey Hanger, two years ahead of her goal. “I want to be

somebody who is well respected,” she said, “and who people genuinely like –

“Wesleyan gave me a fantastic foundation.”

someone who leaves a mark.” As she is able, Harrison tries to lend her legal expertise to Texas Wesleyan. “I think it’s important for alumni to go back and support the school, even in small ways, because current students can

“So much of what I do is an extension of what I learned at law school,” she said. “Texas Wesleyan exposes you to pro bono work and suggests heavily that you should be involved in bar activities and that you should be a part of the community that you are living in. Those are the values that are instilled in you at the school.” 47

learn from our experiences,” she said. “It’s our job to make sure the classes coming after us are helped along.” But the most important thing in her life is her family and its future. “I want to raise a


daughter who is a good person,” Harrison said. “I want to instill in her the importance of giving back and helping others.”



Looking to hire an intern or new associate? We are proud of the students and recent graduates of Texas Wesleyan School of Law who are facing the challenges of our current legal economy with a sense of optimism and enthusiasm. I have never been more confident that our students and graduates are the type of lawyers who can make a real difference in the legal community and in your practice. We hope that you are experiencing success in your endeavors and will look to Texas Wesleyan for a student intern or a newly minted lawyer. We make recruiting Texas Wesleyan students and graduates easy for you.

Posting a job

If you do not want a Symplicity account:

We keep an online job bank that students and graduates use to view employer job postings. To post a job, visit our website at and select “Career Services” from the “Welcome” box on the right. Next, click on “Posting a Job.” Once on the site, you will be asked to log in to the Symplicity Career Services Management System. Below, I have provided the instructions that you will find. If you experience trouble accessing Symplicity, please contact Courtney Key, our career services coordinator, at 817-212-4013 or for assistance.

If you do not wish to create a Symplicity account, you can print the Job Posting Form located on the webpage and fax it to 817-212-4059. You can also call our office at 817-212-4050 and request the form.

For employers new to Symplicity: 1. Log in to Symplicity (the link is provided for you on the webpage); 2. Select the “Register for a Texas Wesleyan Account Only” tab; 3. Complete the requested information; 4. You will receive an email with your password as soon as your registration has processed and your account is set up; 5. Once you receive your password, log in to Symplicity to post your job;

On-campus interviewing at Texas Wesleyan We make interview rooms available to employers as part of our fall and spring on-campus interviewing programs. Not only do we provide the facilities, but we will screen resumés to meet your job specifications, forward resumés to you so you can make a selection to interview, and contact the students or alumni you select to arrange the interview. To participate in our on-campus interview program, please give us a call at 817-212-4050.

Collecting resumés Employers who are unable to interview on our campus are invited to request student or alumni resumés. We will screen resumés to meet your job specifications or forward resumés to you so you can contact the students or alumni directly. We appreciate your support of our students and graduates and look forward to working with you. Sincerely,

6. Choose “Jobs” from the toolbar at the top of the screen; 7. Click the “Add New” button; 8. Complete your posting and hit “Submit.”

Arturo Errisuriz Assistant Dean for Career Services

For employers with a Symplicity account: 1. If you have an account, log in to Symplicity (the link is provided for you on the webpage); 2. Choose “Jobs” from the toolbar at the top of the screen; 3. Click the “Add New” button; 4. Complete your posting and hit “Submit.”

Texas Wesleyan School of Law Office of Career Services 1515 Commerce Street | Fort Worth, Texas 76102 817-212-4050 | 817-212-4059 fax |


mark your

calendars Join your fellow alumni at these upcoming events!

August 26 – Wesleyan Law Day at Rangers Ballpark Come see the Texas Rangers take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington – all from an air-conditioned suite!

November – Alumni Awards Dinner Honor outstanding law alumni and enjoy the relaxing ambience of Joe T. Garcia’s at the annual alumni awards dinner.

April 13 & 14 – Alumni Weekend Did you join in the fun this year at alumni weekend? We’ll do it all again next year at The Greenhill golf tournament and the Alumni Community Crawfish & Shrimp Boil. Don’t miss it!

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Hats off to all of our

2011 bar exam passers,

especially Daniel Denton ’10 who received the highest score out of all exam passers.


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